Vincent Crisostomo

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Vincent Crisostomo
Born (1961-02-06) February 6, 1961 (age 57)
Tachikawa, Japan
OccupationHIV/AIDS activist

Vincent Anthony Crisostomo (born in February 6, 1961 in Tachikawa, Japan) is a gay Asian American HIV AIDS activist of Chamorro descent from Guam. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1995. He currently serves as the Program Manager of the 50-Plus Network at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.[1][2][3]

Personal History[edit]

Crisostomo grew up Catholic in a religious family. He attended church frequently and was an altar boy as well as a member of the church choir. While the church provided a sense of community, it also promoted intolerance of homosexuality. Eventually, this prompted Crisostomo to leave the church and his home.[4]

Crisostomo met his partner Jesse Solomon in 1988 in New York City. Solomon was a physical therapist who worked with severely disabled children as well as a personal trainer and yoga teacher. They moved to San Francisco in 1990 and were one of the first 50 same-sex couples to register at the San Francisco City Hall. Solomon passed on October 6, 1991 of HIV/AIDS.[5]

HIV/AIDS Work[edit]

Volunteering in New York City[edit]

Crisostomo began doing HIV AIDS work in 1985 when he was in New York City. One of his jobs was at a club where many patrons began falling sick. He volunteered to do hospital visits for the terminally ill HIV/AIDS patients.[6] Crisostomo himself contracted HIV in 1987 and was diagnosed with AIDS in 1995.[7]

GAPA Community HIV Project and Asian AIDS Project[edit]

In 1992, Crisostomo became an HIV AIDS educator in the Asian Pacific Islanders LGBTQ community through the GAPA Community HIV Project (GCHP) and the Asian AIDS Project, which later merged to become the API Wellness Center.[8][9] Guam's World AIDS day in 1992 was also the day that Crisostomo became the first Chamorro to publicly come out as living with AIDS. He continued to travel back to Guam and the Pacific area to provide assistance on HIV AIDS capacity building and service provision.[10]

Coral Life Foundation[edit]

In 2001, Crisostomo moved from San Francisco to Guam to become the Executive Director of the Coral Life Foundation, a community-based organization working on HIV AIDS in the Asia-Pacific Area.[11] Coral Life Foundation was the first NGO in the area to work on HIV AIDS. In that capacity, Crisostomo convened representatives from the six Pacific Island Jurisdictions which included AIDS directors, program staff, community stakeholders, along with capacity-building assistance providers funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to discuss the state of HIV prevention and care services in their respective jurisdictions. From these discussions PIJAAG was formed to advocate for the provision of quality HIV prevention and care services and to advise national, international, and local policy entities on HIV AIDS issues within the region. Under Crisostomo's leadership, PIJAAG successful advocacy led to a $600,000 increase in the region’s HIV Prevention budget, funding of 3 Planning Grants for Care Services and baseline awards for services to those Living with HIV.[12] The Coral Life Foundation closed in 2002 and was replaced with GuaHAN Project, otherwise known as the Guam HIV/AIDS Network.[13]

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Regional Networks on HIV/AIDS (7 Sisters)[edit]

Crisostomo later became the Executive Director of 7 Sisters, a broad-based alliance of regional Asia Pacific HIV/AIDS networks based in Thailand.[14] He also served as UN AIDS Asia Pacific NGO Delegate from 2009-2010.[15][16]

50-Plus Network[edit]

Crisostomo currently facilitates the 50-Plus Network through the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. This network serves the gay, bi, and trans men community members who are 50 years or older in San Francisco through meetings twice a month and social gatherings.

Publications[edit]

Crisostomo co-authored two academic papers on HIV AIDS.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SFAF: What's New With 50-Plus Network". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Asian/Pacific AIDS resources". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "He Is Vince". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "API Equality Northern California: The Need to Be". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "API Equality Northern California: The Need to Be". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "API Equality Northern California: The Need to Be". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "He Is Vince". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  8. ^ "API Equality Northern California: The Need to Be". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "API Wellness Center: History". Archived from the original on June 18, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference: Abstract". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  11. ^ "LinkedIn Profile: Vince Crisostomo". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  12. ^ "AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference: Abstract". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "Health Services Directory:HIV/AIDS Network Project (GUAHAN)". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  14. ^ "UN AIDS: Community representatives air regional concerns in the AIDS response". UN AIDS. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  15. ^ "Vince Crisostomo, Asia Pacific NGO Delegate - 26th Board Meeting of UNAIDS". YouTube. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  16. ^ "Know Your Community Representatives and Contact Them". 7 Sisters. Retrieved October 19, 2014.