Steven has been affected by the epidemic since 1989; he was diagnosed HIV+ in July 1996 at the age of 23 and diagnosed with AIDS in May 2006. Steven became a Negative Long-Term Survivor in 1989 while a student at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, where he was studying to become a Funeral Director and Embalmer focused on restorative art. Since being diagnosed HIV+ in 1996 (at the Montrose Clinic in Houston, Texas), Steven has worked and volunteered in the HIV community. He has been an HIV counselor and became an advocate for the HIV and HIV-infected transgender population. He worked for Nova Research in Bethesda, Maryland doing studies for the CDC and NIDA, related to condom use and HIV. Steven has volunteered at many organizations throughout his career, offering community, peer support and advocacy. Now he is leveraging his experiences and is dedicated to the HIV/AIDS community-at-large as a change-maker, raising awareness with our local, state, and federal government so that all our voices and concerns are heard, in order to help end isolation. Being a father and grandfather reminds him that we must keep a positive attitude and live for the future, creating and living those dreams that we thought were never possible.