(un)Real Advocacy

01.12.2017

They say  advocacy is being able to institutionalize certain protocols or policies into the entire system. Hardcore advocates would Define advocacy as something strictly related to policy lobbying. 

How do we really Define real advocacy?

When a positive comes out and tells his stories to the world? 

When someone goes out of his way to help out patients in need of assistance?

When certain groups advocate for policy changes where new policies to help out the positive community and those affected by the virus?

When you post something about HIV hoping that some people read about it and start talking about it?

When you’re able to convince a friend to take the test?

When you at the end of the world aids day celebration?

It doesn’t matter how other people would Define what you are doing, what matters is you’re able to reach one person out there, save one life and in the process you know to yourself that you were able to do something, or anything,  about the issue.

You know to yourself that you did something and that you did not choose to sit in silence

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About +daddy+drEw+

HIV awareness and treatment Advocate & Activist. Living with HIV since 2007. A friend. A partner. A dad to the HIV Community.
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One Response to (un)Real Advocacy

  1. Harlon says:

    Another great post. In my experience, advocacy is starting to become a business, an industry where people are making money to advocate for issues, often on the behalf of pharmaceutical companies or special interest groups. I guess there’s a difference between the homogenized industry and grassroots which is what I think it ultimately more effective, and of course, there is activism. Maybe that’s the way to go for real systemic change that benefits those that don’t have a voice. I don’t have the answers, but I agree, remaining silent and apatethic is the worse case scenario. Keep writing, you are brilliant. Peace, Harlon

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