I am thrilled that the comments I made in my cover interview for OUT 100 have generated a spirited dialogue about HIV/AIDS -- and the advent of a whole new class of preventative life saving medication. I am less thrilled that they were almost entirely misconstrued. Perhaps I could have been more articulate -- but my comments were never meant to be incendiary or judgmental.
Sure, there's some unhelpful finger-wagging here that won't win Quinto any brownie points with many young gay men, but can anyone deny that complacency is now a major driver of new HIV infections in this group? Quinto has learned his history, with evident respect, which puts him light-years ahead of most gay men his age.
We were so heartened to hear that the National AIDS Memorial Grove had renamed their college-scholarship program the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship. It is dedicated to continuing Pedro's legacy by supporting the academic efforts of emerging young leaders who share Pedro's passionate commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
As a seventh-grade teacher at Kopong Primary School in Botswana, Mothusi Joseph Kgomo has many responsibilities. He teaches the children reading, math and science. And on a warm day in October, he became an example of how they can help protect themselves from HIV by undergoing a voluntary medical male circumcision.