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Scott Kramer

Scott Kramer

This will be my 24th year participating in AIDS Walk New York.

As you may know, I was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 & AIDS in 1995. At that time I went to a few ASOs (AIDS service organizations) to find information, services, and other people like myself. These agencies included GMHC, The LGBT Center, Body Positive (now run by ACRIA), among others. My wonderfully supportive family, friends, and doctors, along with these incredible organizations literally saved my life. AIDS Walk New York raises money for the above mentioned organizations and many others in the New York area.

I’ve dedicated my life to helping give a voice to the community. In 2005 I decided to leave my graphic design career and go back to school full-time to pursue my social work degree. I am now in private practice and see lots of gay men living with HIV individually and in groups. I disclose my positive status to them so they don’t feel so alone, even though our life paths may be different. In the summer of 2010 I decided to start a support group for gay men living with HIV/AIDS. What I have found is that stigma, fear, and disclosure, are still huge issues for people. People are still scared to tell their family members about their HIV status; still terrified to tell people they may be interested in dating.

There have been great strides in medication and prevention recently:

• PrEP (Truvada). This is a daily medication people can take to prevent HIV infection, much like The Pill prevents pregnancy.

• TasP (treatment as prevention). When people living with HIV take their medication exactly as prescribed, they can most likely achieve an undetectable viral load. See the next bullet point for the most exciting news!

• U=U (Undetectable = Untransmitable). If a person can achieve an undetectable viral load, they CANNOT transmit HIV to other people. So it is extremely important to know your status.

That being said, HIV is still spreading at a rate of about 40,000 new cases per year. I work to get the word out about PrEP, TasP, & U=U, and support those living with HIV, as does GMHC.

If you have any questions at all about HIV, prevention, a new diagnosis, or about what it’s like being a long-term survivor, or anything about me or my journey, please feel free to ask. There are no stupid or silly questions.

As you can see, I have attached some photos below of not only last year's AIDS Walk, but also my most recent lab results. I started a new medication, Biktarvy, in late December and this is a little over a month of taking that. My viral load remains undetectable meaning I cannot transmit HIV even though I still have it. The other report indicates my T-cells. They are actually the highest they have ever been! So the Biktarvy is working very well. Yay!

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Max & myself at AIDS Walk NY 2018 -- our first AIDS Walk together!

I always walk with the CandyWrappers Team on the day of the walk because they are so awesome!

My most recent viral load result from February 2019.

My most recent T-cell count from February 2019.

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