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Complacency Won’t Bring a Cure for HIV/AIDS

Written by Joelle Rankins Goodwin for the Register Guard on World AIDS Day (December 1, 2014)

I have a picture of my brother Scott and me. We are standing together posing for the camera, and he is hugging me with his arm around my head because that is how he always hugged me. Scott was a handsome, strong and wise man with a wonderful sense of humor. My brother would have been 55 years old this year, but in 2000 he died from AIDS.

When we were growing up, it was clear that he had a brilliant artistic mind. He loved fashion and, after high school, he moved to New York City to study at Parsons School for Design. While he was in New York, he received Fulbright and Lusk Foundation grants to study fashion design at the Domus Academy in Milan in the heart of the fashion industry. While there, he was “discovered” by the great designer Diego de la Valle….

read the rest of Joelle’s piece here: Complacency won’t bring a cure to HIV/AIDS


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