EricSmith

By NilsClausson

Eric Smith was a teacher. His admission to having AIDS early in the crisis rocked his home community to its core. He faced a lot of opposition and discrimination but braved it courageously.

Eric was infected by a boyfriend in 1983 before HIV testing and condom use education. As of July 2012 he's still healthy with normal blood counts [a stubborn little thing]. He continues to advocate for both the gay and AIDS communities.

Anyone getting the opportunity to speak with him will soon realize what a wonderful, intelligent person he is.

November, 2002: on the cover of WayvesMagazine

December 1, 2006: Eric had most of p. 9 of the Daily News For World AIDS Day, "It's really important that we take the time to remember those we've lost."

November, 2010: Eric received the NSRAP Community Hero Award.

Eric is one of the HistoryPeople; this page NeedsBio and NeedsPicture