ifIknew

ifIknew is a health initiative for young adults that uses a multi media approach, including social media and in person programs, to address the contemporary issues that impact the well-being, self-image, careers, and relationships of people in their 20's and 30's.

If I Knew is a prevention education project that raises awareness about risky behaviors that can profoundly impact lives.

One of our most popular speakers, Greg grew up a long way from Baltimore, in Nebraska.  When he went off to college, he thought he was a "man" and old enough to experiment with sex.  He didn't use condoms.  Years later, one of his first partners suggested that Greg get tested for HIV.  He was positive.  All this time, Greg says, "I thought that I was being loving.  Is there anything loving about spreading a deadly virus?"  Greg is not sure how many people he may have infected (in 1981) before he was diagnosed. Greg attributes his long term survival to eating well, taking the right medicines andhaving a "mission and a purpose" in his life.  His mission and purpose took him all the way to Southwest Africa, where he spent 11 weeks speaking in 40 venues about prevention and living with HIV.  Greg is also the author of "12 Steps to Positive Living" and "How to Start a Support Group."

As for eating well, Greg not only has a small farm on his property, but he has engaged his neighbors in growing their own food as well.  It's not uncommon to see kids standing on the sidewalk in front of his row home in the city picking blackberries.  Greg is also a very active pianist and singer.  He is a member of The Positive Voices of Baltimore and can be heard singing in a number of churches on Sundays.

"Know your status," Greg cautions students.  To find local HIV testing sites, click here.