Remembering Pedro Zamora on his Birthday

Pedro Zamora would have been 45 years old today. Fans of MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco grew to love the charismatic, intelligent, and handsome young activist, and his untimely death due to AIDS-related conditions rocked a generation over twenty years ago. He was only 22 years old when he passed away, but was able to make a huge and lasting impact of the public’s perspective of the condition. The openly gay Cuban-American bravely came out as HIV Positive on the show, at a time when stigma was at its peak and before retroviral therapy made the condition manageable. Zamora put a human face to HIV and by sharing his experience, was able to make an enormous contribution to breaking down stigma.

 

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