April #100 : Tribute: Wilfredo Valencia Palacios Roman - by Rebecca Minnich

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Getting Out Alive

Last Call

He Said, He Said

Outside In

Myth vs. Reality in the Pen

The Hook-Up

Africa’s Mayor

3 x 5 Report Card

Tribute: Wilfredo Valencia Palacios Roman

Earthwatch: Prison Focus

Website of the month: AIDSVote.org

Medicare Malaise

See You in the Lobby

Show & Tell: Oscar Time



Cirque du So Lame

Can HIV Care Click in the Clink?

A Bitter Pill

Comfort Zone: SpiceBoy

The Sweetest Taboo

Diamond in the Roughage

Head Games

Looking for Liver Helpers

Quick Study: Painkiller


Cheek to Chic

Warning Signs

Quick Study: Sexual Satisfaction

Publisher’s Letter


Live To Tell: With Conviction

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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April 2004

Tribute: Wilfredo Valencia Palacios Roman

by Rebecca Minnich

AIDS activist Wilfredo Valencia Palacios Roman—who died, at 36, of tuberculosis on November 29, 2003, in San Salvador—liked to say he was born on an orange crate in that city’s market. The little boy who sold bananas for his family and ran messages for revolutionary guerrillas became one of El Salvador’s most outspoken PWAs, famous for his dancing, quick laugh and enormous heart.

Offered asylum in the U.S., Wilfredo Valencia left the comforts of San Francisco’s gay community in 1994 and went home. “My old neighborhood was filled with people dying of AIDS—people I’d grown up with,” he told POZ. “I had to do something.” He helped organize El Salvador’s first AIDS protests and Gay Cultural Center, gave sex workers condoms and self-esteem training—and was fired at by right-wing death squads for his trouble. Positive since 1988, he maintained HAART only through sporadic California visits.

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