AIDS AT 30

Born Into The Epidemic: Five People Under 30 Who Are Fighting HIV/AIDS

 

Brant Miller, 25
HIV Program Associate
Washington, DC

In addition to working at The DC Center for the LGBT Community, Brant Miller is also a member of the Capital Area AIDS Prevention Effort (CAAPE), which helps oversees several HIV vaccine trials, and runs the District’s FUK!T campaign, which aims to improve the rate of condom use among GBT men.

“Our campaign features porn stars Brent Corrigan and Matthew Rush… to help those who see our videos and photos feel comfortable and sexy having safer sex,” Miller shares. “The University of Indiana actually did a study that showed our program works better than other safer sex messaging campaigns.”

He first became aware of the AIDS crisis at age 14, when he came across his high-school library’s copy of Angels in America, “and kept the book checked out on-and-off for the remainder of my attendance there.”

Currently preparing for DC Center’s World AIDS Day reading of “The Infection Monologues,” which he directed, Miller next plans to join the Peace Corps and combat HIV/AIDS in Africa. (While interning at the African Services Coalition in Greensboro, he wrote a dossier describing the challenges involving HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa).

Yet while his energies will be focused overseas for a while, he has some strong thoughts on how the new generation of gay men—and his peers in HIV/AIDS prevention—can keep things in check back home:

“HIV/AIDS is absolutely something that we can prevent from affecting us so disproportionately,” he says. “According to UNAIDS, a one percent infection rate among a general population is defined as an epidemic. In major US cities, up to 20 percent of gay men are living with HIV, but we’re not connecting those ideas. I think the biggest challenge in fighting HIV/AIDS is that we are not only battling a disease, but trying to understand people, and people are relentlessly hard to understand.”