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Anselmo Fonseca

San Juan / PR - Ambassador

Anselmo Fonseca is a New Yorker born in Brooklyn, 57 years ago. He is an HIV+ Gay Latino man, he is a son, brother, and uncle, as well as being a longtime survivor of 28 years.

His work has been recognized by Poz Magazine Top 100 in 2010, as well as by the Obama administration as one of the 350 most influential National Advocates, during the launch of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan 2010. His advocacy expands over 20 years, defending those nameless and faceless outcasts of society due to stigma and discrimination, as well as for Puerto Rico’s very complex Health Care System in especially relating to HIV quality care and its ongoing operational disparities.

He is the Ryan White Part B Community Co-chair, for over 6 years, where he mentors 9 HIV+ peer representatives on the many aspects of Strategic Planning and the Ryan White Quality Care Program. Many of these peers are also active members in the “Coalition Cero HIV PR”, which he co-founded and
facilitates with the support of AIDS United.

Born out of necessity to strengthen Non-Governmental Organizations in anticipation of drastic cuts to state budgets from the “Fiscal Oversight Board” and all negative impacts relating to healthcare, this is a network CBOs or traditional AIDS Services Organizations, state clinical providers, private sector, and local community leaders. Anselmo is officially AIDS United’s, Program Manager in Puerto Rico.

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