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Benjamin Di’Costa is a 24 year old minority bisexual man who currently resides in South Florida. Benjamin has worked in the HIV prevention field throughout Florida in various Community Based Organizations. He is also pursuing his degree in Community Health Sciences. After watching his partner become diagnosed with HIV and after noticing an absence of HIV negative young people (specifically gay and young people of color) advocating about social issues he decided to dedicate his life to being involved in the LGBTQ community on issues surrounding social justice and diversity education.
He currently promotes HIV testing/education, PrEP, health/wellness, and partner notification. He also spends his time advocating for expanded services for HIV prevention and treatment for the Transgender community. Benjamin has dedicated his life to working alongside like minded people with a goal of ending the AIDS epidemic for good, getting new HIV infections down to zero, and reducing HIV related stigma. He also provides technical assistance and capacity building assistance around social media, utilizing mobile hookup apps, creating story telling/personal narratives, working with communities of color, rural regions, and other areas. In addition, Benjamin has been featured in Ambiente Magazine, South Florida Gay News, and CityXtra Magazine and has been on shows like Anderson Cooper LIVE!
Benjamin has presented numerous workshops at conferences like the United States Conference on AIDS and has been invited by agencies around the globe to share his expertise or shared specific experiences. Benjamin participates on numerous Boards, Committees, and Coalitions around the nation advocating on behalf of youth and young adults. Benjamin is a 2014 Youth Scholar for NMAC’s Youth Initiative to End HIV/AIDS in America. Benjamin is also a National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Ambassador. He recently has been listed as 15 HIV Advocates To Watch in 2015 By MyFabulousDisease.com.
(Biography and photo compliments of www.benjamindicosta.com)