Orlando Francisco, was diagnosed with HIV in 1985, but knew he was exposed a few years prior due to a blood transfusion. His little brother, 9 years old at the time, was the first one he told. His brother's response was "You're going to make it to my graduation, right?" Orlando assured him he wouldn't miss it and that he wasn't going anywhere any time soon. He made it to his grammar school graduation, then high school, and then college. Orlando made his brother one of his goals to live, and he continues to keep his promises. Orlando continues to live well beyond HIV and is actively proving that this disease is not a death sentence.
Venue: Rogue Space | Chelsea
Catering: Deb's Catering
Portraits of HIV Survivors: Katja Heinemann