When I started my HIV journey, I had no idea what I was going to say, what I was going to do, or how I could create change. I was just so tired of waiting for the perfect opportunity to come my way that one day I said “it’s now or never” then took a leap of faith hoping that I wouldn’t regret it in the future. I soon discovered that it is one thing to be HIV-out to your friends, family, and coworkers but it’s an entirely different monster when you are HIV-out to the world! Anyone with access to a search engine can look up my name and see everything that I have posted about my life living with HIV. While this has been a humbling experience, I can’t help but feel like I have not done enough to move the needle forward in the efforts to end HIV stigma and discrimination. It is because of this feeling that I have decided to change the way I approach HIV activism entirely.
So I am announcing today that I had chosen to step back in time to the year 2009 when I walked into ATI career training center to pursue my original certification choice! Back in 2009, I walked into ATI with the expectation of enrolling into their certified personal trainer program but ended up getting into their massage therapy program because the location that offered the CPT program was 45 minutes up the road. While I love massage therapy, I have always wondered what my life would have been like if I had been working out for the past ten years instead of massage people. So instead of reminiscing, I am taking action so that I can use health, fitness, and wellness to exemplify the new face of the HIV epidemic. My primary goal is to get people to fight HIV, not people living with HIV, and my secondary goal is to help people who are living with HIV live a healthier life.
This choice does not mean that I plan to stop in my endeavors to finish my bachelor’s studies, then earn my MBA, as I still intend to run The Museum of HIV > AIDS Art to the best of my abilities. This decision adds one more tool in my repertoire of skills that I can use to help move the needle in ending HIV stigma and discrimination for future generations. So I ask you to start thinking about fitness related questions you may have as I begin this six-month certification program with The National Council on Strength and Fitness. I can not wait to have to opportunity to entertain everyone with fitness, health, and well-being principals in this new advocacy path I have chosen. So are you ready for Alexander Deets CPT? Are you prepared to show the world how we are not only surviving but thriving! Share, like, or comment on this post and don’t forget to follow any of my social media accounts @thehivguy.