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Life Beyond HIV
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Banner text: Charles Shazor, Jr. HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau BLOC Lead Organizer, Manager of the Center to End the Epidemics, NMAC
|Charles Shazor, Jr: I'm not living with HIV but HIV is living with me. I never expected to be a parent living as a black gay man period, but for me, a HIV diagnosis shut the door on that. But that wasn't the case.|
|Close up camera view of Charles Shazor, Jr.||Charles Shazor, Jr.: I choose to succeed. I choose not to give up and I choose to do my best to inspire and uplift my community and those around me, whether I know you personally or not.|
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Charles Shazor, Jr.: Because as a person living with HIV, I've experienced homelessness, substance abuse, I've survived abuse, sex work, everything you can think of.
|Close up camera view of Charles Shazor, Jr.||Charles Shazor, Jr.: And now to be leading the Center to End the Epidemics here at NMAC is just life-changing for me and I really want to use that to inspire people and let them know that just because you are living with HIV.|
|Camera view of Charles Shazor, Jr.||Charles Shazor, Jr.: ….that you can succeed and it may take work. It may be a little bit more effort but it can be done so to not give up and just keep going.|
|Close up camera view of Charles Shazor, Jr.||Charles Shazor, Jr.: I'm very open with my HIV status. I think coming in the door, I was a bit closeted with it, but that was my own personal stigma with HIV as well. That I had to come to grips with.|
|Camera view of Charles Shazor, Jr.||Charles Shazor, Jr.: The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has impacted my life just with knowledge.|
|Close up camera view of Charles Shazor, Jr.||Charles Shazor, Jr.: I would say a good seventy-five percent of my friends that are living with HIV who don't have insurance or are underinsured, I've personally been able to connect with Ryan White. Whether it be any location almost, you know, so for me it's impacted my life because I've been able to help impact others in a meaningful way and hopefully help save some lives in the process.|
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|Charles Shazor, Jr.: If you don't have insurance or you're underinsured, look up the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. It saves lives and it's there for everyone.|
For more information on HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, visit ryanwhite.hrsa.gov.
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