“I still remember my first HIV test – not long after December 1, 1991, only the fourth World AIDS Day. It took more than a week for test results in those days – one of the most terrifying weeks of my life. Today I get tested for HIV every three months, as part of the PrEP regimen – and the fear is ancient history. The greatest gift is that I am no longer afraid to know and love people with HIV. I often remark that, thanks to PrEP, the divide between HIV+ and HIV- is collapsing like the Berlin Wall (and, damn, there are a lot of hot East Germans over there!) Let’s keep working so that with each World AIDS Day that wall crumbles even more.”
Rick Perera began his career as a journalist, working as a writer and producer for CNN and as a Berlin-based reporter for IDG, a publisher of technology industry publications. Currently he is a development writer for the international humanitarian agency CARE. His previous assignments have included media relations for CARE’s work combating HIV/AIDS in the developing world, and assignments covering emergency response in Central America, Pakistan, Haiti and the Horn of Africa.