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.

When he was 16 years old, Kevin gave in to the peer pressure of his friends’ false boasting and had sex before he was ready.  He wanted to be accepted. Through a lot of exercise, he went from “geek to chic.” His new physique attracted a lot of attention so he dumped his girlfriend. During college, Kevin had unprotected sex and became infected with HIV in 1985. He was told of his status after attempting to donate blood. Kevin worked as a Community AIDS Coordinator for the Baltimore City Health Department for 13 years. He is also a member of The Positive Voices of Baltimore and traveled with fellow member Greg to Africa.

Throughout much of his illness, Kevin has been busy raising his sister’s son. Now that his “son” has given him a granddaughter, Kevin has an even better reason to fight the HIV/AIDS that courses through his body. “It’s never been about me, anyway… even when my body gets tired, my mind gets tired, my spirit gets tired… I just remember, ‘it’s not about you’.”

After exhausting all the drugs on the market, Kevin had a period of waiting until something new came out. He is now on an experimental drug. While he waits to see if it will boost his T-cell count, he reminds kids to “Go out…make a difference…change the world."