“Remember that someday the AIDS crisis will be over. And when that day has come and gone there will be people alive who will hear that once there was a terrible disease, and that a brave group of people stood up and fought and in some cases died so others might live and be free.” —Vito Russo, member of ACT UP, 1988
The POZ Army is both a virtual and real army, capable of wielding collective, mass force in the social media—and showing up in the flesh to educate, advocate and agitate.
Its agenda is set by the survival needs of all people harboring HIV in their bodies.
Its focus is on hastening the arrival of the cure for AIDS and securing treatment, but it also supports the long list of things people with HIV/AIDS require for healthy lives and survival. Things like: safe, stable housing; sterile injection equipment; access to health care; economic equality; and social justice. It also supports biomedical and non-biomedical prevention approaches that are scientifically proven effective.
It supports the notion that health care is a human right.
It comprises every type of person from every walk of life from all around the world. Its ranks contain people who desire various levels of engagement in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Those of us who can, will fight for those of us who can’t.