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Derek Canas is an emulator DJ and Aids Activist as well as the creator of the #EndTheStigma Campaign. He survived 16 years undiagnosed after receiving bad blood from a donor in 1985. Derek refers to himself as battery operated due to having pacemakers since 3 months of age.




Key Takeaways

  • People don’t like to take risks and fail to take a chance on their dreams.
  • Derek beat the odds of survival so decided to take the risk of working with his passion: music.
  • DREX Angels and Warriors work to end the stigma about AIDS on behalf of Derek.
  • There is a lot of bad information and misconceptions about HIV and AIDS that must be addressed.
  • If you have a conversation to gain awareness, it could save you from this disease.
  • Mosquitoes cant pass the virus, nor casual contact, or eating after someone.
  • HIV is sexually transmitted and bloodborne.
  • You have to have a really good sense of humor to deal with bad situations.
  • When your friends and family are struggling with tough times, be there for them, treat them as them, not as their disease or misfortune.
  • Keep moving forward, regardless of your situation.


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