Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly

Aaron Geringer, Graduate Student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Minnesota State University, Mankato

When I first got into AIDS advocacy, my mentors gave me a shirt with a Dr. Seuss quotation I will never forget. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing will get better. It’s not.” Being in Durban at the 21st International AIDS Conference has been an emotionally infectious experience. Partially because of the pain, anger, and despair that AIDS has unleashed within our communities; but mostly infectious because of just how deeply these 18,000 individuals care about this cause. This has truly been the most diverse event I have been to, with people from all races, nationalities, occupations, ages, abilities, faiths, sexual orientations, and gender identifications. Despite our differences, we all share a profound desire to combat the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Continue reading “Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly”