# HIV HEROES

VANGARDIST

60

Born in Stockton, California, Wyndham

relocated to New York before leaving

the Big Apple for freakin´ Berlin, where

he’s been living and working the

past four years. He got his diagnosis

in October 2012; about a year later

he “came out” as HIV-positive with

#CHANGETHEFACE, sharing his story

to start conversations, change opinions,

increase awareness and affect positive

change in people. He is 26 years old.

"Who are you?"

I’d say I’m one of the most normal guys

on the planet. I go to work, I see my

friends, I’ve got some big dreams for

my life that I hope to accomplish, and

I try to keep in touch with my family as

much as possible.

That being said, becoming HIV positive

did have an effect on who I am:

I am now more grateful for every experience

I have, a characteristic that

didn’t exist before. Think of how much

happier we would all be if we woke up

each day and said, “Thanks, life, you’re

amazing.” That’s the person I strive to

be.

"Why are you doing this?"

You know, the interesting thing is that

I’ve become numb to the existence of

HIV stigma”. I’ve overcome most of

the self-loathing and shame about my

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