Maritxa Vidal

I am a Cuban born transgendered female, 56 years old. I have been fighting against the stigma and ignorance in the Latino and Gay community towards HIV/Aids since 1990. I am now a certified Health Educator and Illinois Department of Public Health certified tester and counselor of HIV/Aids/Hepatitis C. For the last ten years, I've been working in a Latino non-profit organization in the heart of the Puerto Rican community, also known as Humboldt Park. Two years ago, I was given the position of Director of Health Education and Community Marketing and Outreach at the Puerto RIcan Cultural Center's Vida/Sida.