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Steven Raul Campa Is #20 of Our Most Amazing HIV+ People of 2018

Steven Raul Campa

Campa is the youngest person on our list and we can't wait to see what he does next.

Waking each day is an accomplishment, says Steven Raul Campa, a poz 23-year-old HIV tester and counselor for APLA. Campa also attends California State University, Long Beach, working toward a degree in public health, and he’s currently training for the 2018 AIDS/Lifecycle.

Campa says he’s proud to be “a young HIV-positive Latino man who is unafraid to speak out against the HIV-related stigmas and stereotypes that still circulate throughout the community. Within my peer network, there are few who are comfortable enough to be transparent. I do so because they need a voice. They need representation. They need people to know that it is not okay to shame individuals based upon a diagnosis.”

Campa, who learned he was poz in 2014, never set out to be a “spokesperson for HIV,” but he’s realized  that just being out and proud as a poz Latino man combats HIV stigma.

“Being an HIV activist is not something I merely do from 9 to 5. It is who I am and a huge part of my life’s purpose. That being said, a challenge for me is finding time to escape and breathe. I feel like I’m always working [to educate] friends, family, and those within the community. I love what I do, but I also understand the importance of self-care and do what I can to incorporate that into my life.”

Being recognized for that work, “is humbling,” says Campa. “To be selected is definitely affirming and I do not take it lightly. I am beyond appreciative.”

The youngest activist on this year’s list, Campa hopes “to achieve a place at tables and within planning bodies that will further my voice. I believe that my presence is necessary for not only my peer group, but the communities I represent.” And once he gets there? “I will not exit until a visible change has occurred. One that has shifted the tide on how HIV prevention and education is disseminated to marginalized communities.”

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