Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco) (09.06.01) - Thursday,
Established in 1994, the Stop AIDS Project is dedicated to
preventing HIV transmission among all gay and bisexual men in
San Francisco through multi-cultural, community-based
organizing. Celebrating their accomplishments in the battle
against HIV, the project announced plans to honor four
community leaders at a star-studded event on Sept. 10. "Each
of these four leaders has been part of the battle against HIV
for more than a decade," said Jorge Romero, Stop AIDS Project
board president. This is the sixth year Stop AIDS has
presented its HIV Prevention Awards.
A longtime grassroots AIDS activist and former member of ACT
UP/New Haven, Michael Lauro helped found the AIDS Activists
Against Violence & Lies Task Force. "I look at this as more an
award for grassroots AIDS activism than as an award for me,"
he said. With more than 14 years working in the HIV prevention
field, Donna Saffioti-Johnson is a leader in street-based
outreach for out-of-school youth and gang members throughout
the city and is currently the youth AIDS education project
coordinator for Horizons Unlimited. "People who have started
great programs need the recognition. I think Stop AIDS is
great for doing this," Saffioti-Johnson said.
Clark L. Taylor began his work as an AIDS activist, researcher
and educator in 1986 and pioneered the development of some of
the first AIDS safer sex workshops. Today, he is the director
of the Sex and AIDS Prevention Certificate Program at the
Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. "I feel like
we are at a time where we have made a lot of accomplishments.
But we are also in a time where there is a lot of work to do,"
said Taylor. As co-founder of the San Francisco Free Clinic in
1993, Dr. Tricia Gibbs sought to provide services to
individuals in San Francisco who typically have limited access
to health education and services due to lack of insurance or