By Lindsay Steele

“Increase compassion, understanding and RESPONSIBILTY …Until There’s A Cure.”

This is the phrase that concludes all communications from Until There’s A Cure. These three values, compassion, understanding and responsibility, lie at the core of what we aim to instill in minds and hearts every where.

Yesterday, I, along with two others from Until There’s A Cure, met with the Downtown Youth Clinic in Oakland, CA, a clinic that serves HIV-positive youth between the ages of 13 and 24. This was a very insightful experience for me as we learned the perspectives from three different HIV-positive youth. One idea that came up was that of “responsibility”.

My ears perked up when I heard this word.

This youth talked about the idea of “joint responsibility” – the responsibility of both the HIV-positive and HIV-negative communities to protect ourselves, protect others, inform ourselves and inform others.

Whether or not we are infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS … We share physical and mental spaces each and every day with handshakes, hugs, high fives, ideas, opinions, cheers and more. If we share all of this and more, why would we not share responsibility for ending an epidemic that has taken the lives of over 33 million individuals?

Hearing this youth share his ideas of “joint responsibility” really hit me hard. I hope that you will assume your responsibility in the fight to end HIV/AIDS by sharing this blog post with others and continuing your support for Until There’s A Cure.

I would love to hear your thoughts on “joint responsibility”. Please comment on this post to share.


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