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About the Arizona HIV Needs Survey
The purpose of the HIV Needs Survey is to gain a better understanding of current access to testing, treatment and prevention services. By sharing needs, experiences and barriers, your feedback will help to highlight what has gone right with HIV services and how they can be improved.
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A chat with Raul St. James
RipplePHX: “What made you want to be a part of this campaign?”
Raul: “I feel like this is another important thing that needs to be heard and seen, and I want to be a part of that. I want to spread the word and get everyone involved in this great effort.”
RipplePHX: “Why do you think it’s important for people to take this survey?”
Raul: “I feel it’s important because we need to be heard. Everybody needs to be heard. In order for action to be taken, and for the right things to happen and things to get moving, we need to be heard. People need to speak their minds, give their opinions, and let us know how to make the change.”
RipplePHX: “If you could do one thing to affect HIV in Arizona, what would it be?”
Raul: “Continue educating the community like I have been with the help of RipplePHX, and pointing people towards the proper resources and organizations, keep spreading the word, and talking to people and let them know there’s a lot of endless resources and help out there. There’s no need to be ashamed.”
RipplePHX: “How do you think HIV is viewed in your community?”
Raul: “I feel like it’s seen as more-negative. A lot of people feel ashamed because people criticize people like ‘oh – you’ve got HIV’ or whatever and they think it’s just bad – when it’s really not. Again, it’s just education, talking to people and getting all the resources out there so people can stop judging and know the facts.”
RipplePHX: “If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself something about HIV that you know now, what would it be?”
Raul: “Don’t criticize anyone, don’t judge – but learn. Get to know situations and the person. Be there for your friends, be supportive 100% and show love.”