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Author Topic: Congrats Andy Velez!  (Read 4661 times)

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Offline Tim Horn

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Congrats Andy Velez!
« on: February 03, 2011, 08:51:46 AM »
Very exciting news...

Our Andy is going to be a busy man over the next 18 months! He's been chosen to be the official Community Activist Liaison for the XIX International AIDS Conference, taking place at the end of July 2012 in Washington, DC!

Andy will serve as the link between the conference secretariat and the activists to ensure the best collaboration, communication and transparency possible before and during the conference, as well as lead the support to activism within the limits of our document “Values and Principles of Conference Participation”.

This is a huge deal and, quite frankly, the conference organizers couldn't have picked a better activist and organizer for the job.

Congrats Andy!

Tim

Edited to add: Andy will be remaining with the Forums through it all -- with time off as needed -- and we're thrilled.
« Last Edit: February 03, 2011, 08:55:09 AM by Tim Horn »

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011, 10:10:16 AM »
Congratulations, Andy! That is quite an honor.

Offline hope_for_a_cure

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011, 10:39:22 AM »
Congrats!  and Thank You!!! 

Offline leatherman

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011, 11:04:54 AM »
Congrats Andy, and best wishes working as a liasion! ;D
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Offline emeraldize

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011, 11:14:55 AM »
Congrats Andy !

Offline bear60

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011, 11:30:49 AM »
Give 'em hell, Andy.  Congrats.
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Offline pozniceguy

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2011, 12:51:07 PM »
great  choice  a "best in show" choice  to represent the point of view and concerns of the group
congrats  Andy  !!!!


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Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2011, 01:09:24 PM »
Thanks to Tim and to each of you. Your warm support means a lot to me.

xoxo

Andy

Andy Velez

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2011, 01:58:50 PM »
Congratulations Andy! A worthy appointment indeed. :)

MtD

Offline Jody

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2011, 02:41:39 PM »
Andy should be named America's AIDS czar !!! (Not to be confused with a Russian czar). :)

Jody
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Offline aztecan

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2011, 02:44:07 PM »
Congratulations Andy!

This is a great decision and welll deserved honor.

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline Hellraiser

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2011, 02:44:41 PM »
Congratulations Andy!

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2011, 03:52:48 PM »
Congratulations Andy.

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2011, 07:30:55 PM »
Andy That's great! There's not a better person for the job  :)

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6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2011, 07:58:26 PM »


Congratulations Andy,  that's GREAT news !!!   A big thank you for all you do, your dedication and accomplishments !!


Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

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Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 12/10/14,  t-cells are at 350,  Previous 8/25/14--- 402/ Viral load remains <40

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Offline tednlou2

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2011, 11:51:37 PM »
Congrats!!  I hope to get to the point where I'm knowledgeable about HIV enough to actually help others.   

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2011, 12:06:58 PM »
Congratulations Andy  - excellent choice!
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Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline Florida69

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2011, 12:16:34 PM »
Congrats Andy, I know you will do a great job.....
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2011, 12:17:48 PM »



  Congrats Andy!
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Offline Joe K

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2011, 12:50:15 PM »
Andy, what an incredible accomplishment and so well deserved.  Congrats!

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2011, 12:53:40 PM »
Congratulations Andy .

Offline peteb

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2011, 02:06:05 PM »
Congrads Andy  :)

Offline Rev. Moon

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2011, 03:00:39 PM »
Congrats, Andresito.  Reprezent :)
"I have tried hard--but life is difficult, and I am a very useless person. I can hardly be said to have an independent existence. I was just a screw or a cog in the great machine I called life, and when I dropped out of it I found I was of no use anywhere else."

Offline Cliff

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2011, 04:58:46 PM »
Well done, Andy.  Congrats.

Offline joemutt

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2011, 11:07:55 PM »
Congratulations Andy! They made an excellent choice.

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #25 on: February 07, 2011, 02:44:02 AM »
Great news ! Congratulations to you Andy.

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #26 on: February 07, 2011, 04:37:31 AM »
Congrats Andy!  Very exciting.
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Offline veritas

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2011, 02:22:30 PM »

Andy,

As you are well aware,  it has been 15 years since the IAS held a conference in the US due to the travel ban (repealed, finally). This conference will certainly be an important one. The latest research and updates will, most likely, be showcased and hopefully "CURE" will be the buzzword.

 Bravo for your appointment and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

v

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #28 on: February 08, 2011, 10:25:21 AM »
Yea Andy!  They made a very wise choice -- I'm sure you will do a wonderful job.

Hugs, Alan  :-*
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Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #29 on: February 08, 2011, 05:34:21 PM »
Again, my thanks to all for your support and kind words.

xoxo

Andy
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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #30 on: February 08, 2011, 06:13:38 PM »
Congrats and best of luck in this endeavor, Andy.
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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #31 on: February 08, 2011, 07:00:15 PM »
Congrats!!   ;D

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Re: Congrats Andy Velez!
« Reply #32 on: February 08, 2011, 07:03:11 PM »
I can't believe I missed this thread! Congrats, Andy! You have consistently been one of the hardest working folks in the field of HIV/AIDS activism. I have always been a true fan.

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