October is LGBT History Month, a time to remember how far the LGBT community has come. To commemorate our greater Seattle LGBTQ community, we are sharing a past client’s story. David Wood, who was born in Alabama but later moved to Seattle, used our Chicken Soup Brigade program during the AIDS epidemic. David was diagnosed with HIV in October of 1988 – 30 years ago this month.
September is Sexual Health Month, and we at Lifelong have always taken pride in our efforts to promote a spectrum of sexual health needs: whether that is teaching sex education to the LGBTQ community, handing out information and resources for safe sex – which includes PrEP, or helping people with HIV obtain healthy relationships and sex lives. Our Prevention Team works extremely hard to reach as many people in the community as they can to promote an optimal sexual health for every individual.
Twenty-five years ago, a group of students came together from Newport High School and started a club, which later transformed into an elective course, to educate their peers about AIDS. These students were affected by the HIV epidemic and were passionate about doing something innovative for their community. This group became known as ASPEN (AIDS Student Peer Educators at Newport). In addition to this being ASPEN’s 25th year as a group, it is also ASPEN’s 25th year participating in the Seattle AIDS Walk.