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"If there were such a thing as a force of destiny in our lives, I would say that Bob Bowers was born for this role; no one has carried this difficult mantle with more dignity, conviction, purpose, and compassion."

 ~Madeleine Schwab
Cross Roads High School
Santa Monica, California

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What a genuine honor it was to appear on Season 5, episode 9, of Couples Therapy on VH1. I had the distinct honor and pleasure to speak with Evel Dick about dating as heterosexuals living with HIV/AIDS, as well as to lend hope and inspiration! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Eternal gratitude to all involved, and to you for your overwhelming love and support you've shown us all!


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Thank you for taking the time to visit my personal website! However you got here, I'm thankful you did. I sincerely hope that you enjoy browsing through the site.

OTP has been in existence for fourteen years now. This site is a testament to hope, survival and the power of compassion in the FIGHT against AIDS. It also pays homage to the over 36 million of our courageous brothers and sisters who were taken from us far too early in life. I've lost dozens of dear friends to the disease and I do my very best to honor their lives and courage. I miss them a lot!

I have survived living with HIV/AIDS for three decades now and have dedicated my life to educating and empowering youth and adults about this dreadful scourge we call AIDS.

I am honored to wear multiple hats in the FIGHT. Throughout these many years of being a long-term survivor of AIDS, an AIDS activist, and through my advocacy as a youth HIV/AIDS educator, I have had the honor to speak to countless thousands of students and adults. As a result, my life has been enriched in a deeply profound manner. Thank you!

Without a doubt, education and awareness remain our greatest weapons in helping to stop the spread of HIV. The goal of my outreach: to fight stigma, slow the spread of HIV and STIs, raise awareness, educate people about the 33-year toll of AIDS on our planet, and most importantly - to invoke compassion, hope, and affirmative change on our planet.

Without a doubt, I did not get here alone, and I sincerely believe it is my God-given responsibility to give back that which I've been so freely given! I extend my heartfelt thanks to those individuals who have blessed my wondrous journey in life - past and present. Your involvement in my life, as well as your words of love and encouragement, are forever embedded in my heart, carried with me on my mission, and can be found on the many pages throughout this website!

Bob Bowers
Aka - da One Tough Pirate

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Extremely honored and humbled to be voted #1 in this group of amazing men/WARRIORS living with HIV! Heartfelt thanks to each of you for your courage and tireless efforts in in this ongoing FIGHT of ours to annihilate HIV/AIDS! Immense gratitude to We Are HIV for their incredible efforts to educate, empower, and lessen the dreadful STIGMA that persists around being HIV positive, and or, having an AIDS diagnosis in 2014! #ENDaids!


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Bowers outreach educates, raises awareness, fights stigma, and perhaps most importantly, invokes compassion, hope, and affirmative change on our planet.

Infected in 1983 from a one-time decision to share a needle, Bob is one of the first 14,000 Americans infected with HIV. He has lived throughout the whole history of the AIDS pandemic, experienced many ups and downs in his health, and lost so many friends you wonder how his heart can bear it...

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After LIVING with HIV/AIDS for 32 years, it was such a surreal honor to be part of my 1st ever human red ribbon at California State Stanislaus' World AIDS Day 2014 awareness ceremonies. OTP Productions, and the Ribbon Warrior MC, were so honored to present at your University! Eternal gratitude, my fellow WARRIORS! THANKS for all that you do! A special THANKS to the University President, Dr. Scheely, for stopping by to show the students support and gratitude, and for helping to complete this treasure of an AIDS awareness red ribbon!





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I just wanted to say "thank you" for all you do and how many lives you have touched, including mine. You are a beacon of light and hope for so many and I personally am in awe every day by what you do. I admire you and respect you for how you have chosen to live your life. You will always be such a great inspiration to me.

~ Much love, Donnie

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One Tough Pirate Productions, Inc. congratulates, actress/activist Judith Light, for her award in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It was an honor to meet her, listen to her, and share tears with her and those in attendance at the National AIDS Memorial Grove for World AIDS Day 2014 in San Francisco, California.

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Actress Judith Light was honored in San Francisco Monday during a special ceremony to mark World AIDS Day.

Light became involved in the epidemic during the 1980s. She later filmed a movie about Ryan White, a teenager who became infected with HIV and later died. She said getting involved was personal.

"My friends were dying and I considered them my family and they were being vilified," Light said. "And there was a level of divisiveness towards this community and a homophobic response that people weren't talking about."

The ceremony took place near the AIDS Memorial Grove at Golden Gate Park. People stopped by to look at the names of the victims inscribed at the memorial.

Nearly 20,000 people have died in San Francisco from the epidemic.



I am totally full of gratitude for all you have done for the HIV community.....
You are an amazing angel of sorts. I will continue to follow your exciting life & adventures...

~ Jerry I.




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AIDS activist Bob Bowers, praying at the National AIDS Memorial Grove during World AIDS Day 2014 ceremonies at The Grove in San Francisco, California. The Ribbon Warrior MC, BOB the BEAR, and Dab the AIDS Bear, are thankful to NBC Bay Area News for this priceless photograph honoring our countless dead friends to HIV/AIDS over these last 33 years!

“It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance. — ELIZABETH TAYLOR

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Bob, What can I say? Your passion is awesome-your impact on these students is incredible-your mission is inspirational! Thanks and much appreciation from all of us!


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After speaking to the students at North Bend High School Tuesday, Bob Bowers poses for photographs in the gym. Bowers, a 1981 graduate from the school, has been living with HIV for more than 30 years and travels around speaking to raise awareness of the disease.

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Bob leads by example and puts his all out there in order to get the message out there that AIDS knows NO boundaries! Through education people can learn AIDS does define the person who have AIDS! AIDS MUST END!!


~ Linda J.B.
Do you have a friend who is an actual hero? I do! Meet my friend, Bob! In the 80's, he was livin life and having fun. One mishap changed his life! BUT, what he did was AMAZING! After swallowing his diagnosis, he STOOD UP and pretty much said, "screw you"! For over 30 yrs he has tried to educate and break the stigma of HIV/AIDS. To look at this hunk of a tattooed man, to see his contagious smile and actually see inside him, I'm pretty sure his heart is made of gold! Take a few minutes to read this. And check out his website. The youth HIV/AIDS awareness poster's themselves will bring hope to your heart! I love you, Bob!

~ Katie


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Cap'n, to paraphrase Gilbert and Sullivan, "You are the very model of a modern Ribbon Warrior." You inspire me to be better than I am.

~ Richard Majka
Heartfelt thanks to The World Newspaper, KDOCK Radio, and KEZI TV in North Bend, Oregon for providing amazing coverage of Bob's Ribbon Warrior MC Pacific Northwest Tour! Knowledge and awareness are priceless! CURE HIV! END AIDS! #ENDaids!


By Lou Sennick, The World Oct. 22, 2013 Bob Bowers arrives inside the gym at North Bend High School on his motorcycle that he travels around the country on. Bowers, a 1981 graduate from the school, travels to raise awareness of living with HIV. He has been living with it for more than 30 years


Hey Bob,

Your connection happens with so many kids as you make it REAL while you speak your truth and tell your story with words they hear. You are truly an old soul with much wisdom and a big heart! Thanks for doing what you do and making it electric!

~ Andrea






Pirattitude n' gratitude! That's how we roll...


Bob, there are very few people I admire but you are one of them. Continue your good work and NEVER SURRENDER! AAAAARRRGH!!!!!

~ Pete


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That's right Bob give illness the finger cause it ain't gunna keep an ass kicker like you down! Be strong bro!

~ Rob


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Much love to you from the Teen AIDS Task Force peer educators and coordinator in Northern NY... It's nice to be reminded that there are other "HIV Warriors" out there fighting the fight with us - even if we don't see them...

Peace and Love,
~ Ang


Today I am thankful for my friend Bob Bowers. I had been looking at films for my AIDS class and had come across a documentary about his life. A week later I was working at AIDS Walk Wisconsin and looked up to find him at my window. He visited that semester for a screening of the film and presentation. Living with HIV/AIDS for 30 years, he has been through so much but has given so much more. He has spent much of his life with HIV working to educate young people, sometimes at the expense of his own health. He is affectionately known as One Tough Pirate and is a wonderful advocate. He also inspires me to keep working to educate about HIV/AIDS no matter how discouraging it can be.

~ Jennifer Peterson
Assistant Professor at Mount Mary University



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I can truly say when I read Your page it gives me Hope, And makes me feel great knowing that there is a HERO named Bob Bowers out there fighting for everyone...God Bless You Bob

~ Fred





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Youth HIV/AIDS educator Bob Bowers and Senator Tammy Baldwin

"Bob Bowers is a passionate activist and educator. As someone who has lived with AIDS for over 30 years, Bob is not just a survivor. He works passionately to fight complacency and improve the lives of those around him. His commitment to teaching young people about the importance of healthy choices in their lives, and his advocacy of quality health care for those living with AIDS, are just two examples of his numerous good works."
-- United States Senator Tammy Baldwin



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"At first, no one knows why. You are told it is cancer or an autoimmune disease. It takes a couple of years and a newly developed test to determine your diagnosis: AIDS. What do you do? If you're Bob Bowers, your illness becomes your crusade."

~ Jill Nebeker



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Thanks so much for doing what you do. VERY important. I think many people feel they don't know anyone who has HIV/AIDS. I'm guessing many people actually DO know someone affected by it... they just don't know that they know someone. People are so scared still that it's not typically talked about openly. It needs to be talked about. I have a friend who's been living with AIDS for over a decade now. He'll tell anyone who asks, he doesn't lie about it, but he doesn't necessarily advertise it either. Too much stigma, too much at risk for him to lose. Things must change. Thank you so much for your site and for doing what you do. It's so important to educate the public. You're awesome!

Best wishes to you,






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An abundance of gratitude to Powers High School and Powers Elementary School in Oregon for having us present to the 3rd graders and high school student body on HIV/AIDS education and awareness! Dab The AIDS Bear and I look forward to future visits!





Bob is living proof that the human spirit can survive against all odds. "I don't have to tell you that we all have our own shit to deal with, mine just happens to be AIDS," he said.

~ Ben Cohen



STORY 'Bob Bowers'
By Ben Cohen

Bob Bowers stands at the front of a room full of college students. Every eye is fixed on his enormous arms, trying to read them. His body is covered in dozens of tattoos. Flaming skulls and spider webs twist around his wrists, up to his shoulders and across his chest. There are too many to count. His friends call him "Pirate."

The ink on his body was injected with a small needle that moves up and down at a rate of several hundred vibrations per minute. It penetrates the skin only by one millimeter but can leave grown men in tears.

It only takes one look to know Bob has felt some pain in his life. His tattoos tell a story. Somewhere in the living mural is a beginning and an end. Bob goes back to the parlor year after year adding to his body new cryptic images.

"I shared a needle with my girlfriend one time," Bob said. In 1983 Bob and his girlfriend wanted to get high and so they shot up some crystal meth. It changed Bob's life forever. Two years later he was diagnosed with the AIDS virus.

One more tattoo means one more year of survival. He celebrated 20 years with a tattoo of a blue bird. AIDS is trying to kill him but Bob is fighting back. I don't want sympathy and I don't want people to perceive me as a victim, he said.

Bob will do anything to survive the disease. He lives one day, one dose at a time. Drugs have turned his automatic death sentence into a painful but manageable disease. He estimates that his prescriptions cost about $3,000 per month.

"I'm a walking testament to modern medicine," Bob said. He opened a medicine bottle and poured a heap of pills into his hand-the "morning dose." He tried to pop the handful into his mouth all at once but couldn't do it, there were too many.

He passed around a hypodermic needle for everyone in the classroom to see. The needle is more than an inch long. His body stopped producing testosterone a long time ago so he will inject some of the hormone into his thigh. "That's a lot of meat to go through!" he jokes.

He has a big smile on his face. To him, this all feels like a miracle. The drugs keep him alive.

Years ago he was being injected with mice cells just to experiment for potential treatments. Some of the drugs he was once prescribed made him so sick he couldn't eat a house salad without vomiting.

In 1989 he started what was known as "monotherapy," or AZT. It was the first drug approved for the treatment of HIV. The drug stops the virus from spreading to new cells but does nothing for cells already infected. To Bob the medication is like a Band-Aid over a gaping wound. "There is a multitude of ways they attack it but they're just slowing it down," he said.

Bob used monotherapy for seven years until the FDA approved new drugs called protease inhibitors in 1995. Bob started taking the combination therapy, also known as the "cocktail." According to the Center for AIDS Information and Advocacy, combination therapy "radically altered the course of HIV disease."

But the cocktail made Bob feel sicker than ever. He began to wonder what chemotherapy must feel like. "They wear on your body and your mind. Then try going to work, shitting yourself, vomiting yourself." The side effects of the medications got worse. He stood in his shower for hours vomiting everyday.

"We kept hope for a new drug." One pill made him numb from his mouth to his belly, like a shot of Novocain from the dentist's office. One pill put him in a wheelchair. He didn't care about the side effects; Bob was surviving to see tomorrow.

He kept score as the "cocktail" had a great impact on the AIDS community. Deaths attributed to the disease dropped drastically wherever combination treatment was available. In 1997, for the first time since 1990, AIDS dropped from 8th to 14th place as a leading cause for death in the United States, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1999 the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced they had finally traced the origin of AIDS to a group of subspecies of chimpanzees in Africa. Bob had been living with the disease for 16 years already.

Bob can look back and remember everything that has happened. He can remember his friends dying. He can remember all his girlfriends and his 11-year marriage. While living with AIDS, Bob owned a gym in Los Angeles and he can remember that, too. He looks back and thinks about his mother dying of breast cancer when she was 35 years old.

"I never thought I would see 35, no way," he said. Bob is now 43. "It's a miracle." Most of all, his dreams have kept Bob going. "Every dream I ever had even before I had AIDS has come true," he said.

When Bob was 21 years old he went to the doctor. He thought he had simply been partying too much. Swollen glands, fever and fatigue called for a blood test and the results came soon after.

That was how it all started: the treatments, medications, blood tests and injections. The insults, anger and confusion, they all started, too. In 1985, the only thing spreading faster than AIDS were the misconceptions about the virus.

HIV and AIDS were called "gay diseases" and people believed they could be spread from sharing water fountains or kissing. Bob was afraid to share a soda with anyone. Some of the doctors refused to enter the room because they were afraid. Other doctors wore protective gloves and masks just to talk to Bob.

"People have no clue as to the passion, the anger I have that today we know exactly how AIDS is spread," he said. Bob is on an endless pursuit to spread awareness about the disease.

He started fighting AIDS in his body. Now he is fighting it from spreading to other people. He is fighting at home, at elementary schools, rehab centers, prisons and even in the nation's capitol. He flew to Washington D.C. to lobby for cheaper drug prices because people with AIDS are dying on waiting lists in the United States. Bob is fighting to live and he is fighting for everyone.

"People really get it when you tell it real," he said. "I try to put into context what it is like to live with HIV and AIDS." To Bob, spreading the truth about HIV and AIDS is as important as finding a cure. "If you think about the homophobia, the job discrimination, the ignorance involved. Throw in compassion and everything changes," he said.

Bob is living proof that the human spirit can survive against all odds. "I don't have to tell you that we all have our own shit to deal with, mine just happens to be AIDS," he said.

People ask Bob how he got here and he tells them it is a combination of everything. Its more than just the drugs, they are far from a cure; more than his friends, many of them have died; more than just his tough childhood, he is a grown man now. "None of those things slowed me down and I'm not about to let HIV/AIDS slow me down," he said.

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"As a six time AIDS Rider and Crew, nothing struck this personal beyond the ride experience…Bob captured that, shared his pain and anguish and all I could do is go in a corner and cry and reminisce. He brought me to a place that I didn’t want to go again, challenged my sense of worth and made me want to do this all over again. He made me reach out to other Brothers and Sisters, daring them to ride again...The DVD takes you through some tense moments but you have to endure those valley experiences to appreciate the mountaintop. While he pumped his body and pushed his limits, we were there with him, cheering, crying and aching along those routes. A true inspiration…To Bob—I salute you. Your soon to be “Black Soul” Brother in the cause of this mission."

~ Mike McKinney
News Anchor-NBC 15
Madison, Wisconsin



Premiered June 6, 2010 & ran for 2years- THANKS again to the Documentary Channel for airing The Fire Within!

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This is a powerful, eye-opening look at real people stepping up to the challenge that life has dealt them. AIDS has not disappeared from society and Bob tells it like it is. Bob is amazing, tough and a powerhouse. Shawn is an true supporter of this struggle and a strong companion. Interesting that this is rated unsuitable for children under 14 because I think you will find that our children are a lot more experimental than we might believe. Our children, as well as adults, need to view this. It is a wake up call and a celebration of a journey. Inspiring and humbling.
My husband and I watched 'The Fire Within' last night. It was so powerful and heartfelt. You are an amazing spirit Bob. You are a brave 'WARRIOR' and you put up a good fight against HIV/AIDS. I hope you are doing well today! It's a day at a time. I thank you for the work you are doing and the hope you instill.

Peace, Good Health and Many, Many Blessings friend,
~ Nancy ~
  Heartwarming. Really insightful as to what it's like living with HIV. Teaches the truths about the disease; worth watching and will give you something to think about. Everyone can learn something from this.


Documentary Channel video interview with, Leanne Whitney, Director of the
HIV/AIDS documentary, The Fire Within featuring AIDS survivor, Bob Bowers

What an appropriate title!! It is your passion and drive that keep you going!!! With all the terrible news happening daily, it is so uplifting to see a video like this!! And I am still crying!! You are an inspiration!! You will survive, you are soooo needed!!

God Bless You!!
~ Alice
Bob, I watched your documentary</ on t.v. today and never realized just how much HIV and the medications can have on a person nor their family. You are awesome and a hero to me! After viewing your documentary, I realized I have NOTHING to complain about or even feel sorry for my own self. You rock and I admire everything about you!!

I just want you to know that YOU inspired me!! =)=)

~ Angela

Bob Bowers aka One Tough Pirate
Heterosexual (The forgotten few) HIV/AIDS survivors - AIDS activists
San Francisco, California

2002 TV-14 62 minutes
This documentary from August Moon follows the efforts of Shawn Bowers to find common ground with, and show her deep love for husband Bob who is living with HIV/AIDS. Stricken before they met due to a one-time decision to share a needle with someone who, unbeknownst to him, was carrying the virus, Bob struggles to embrace life every day -- a journey Shawn tries to replicate by taking on a grueling 575-mile bike ride over 5 days.
Cast: Bob Bowers, Shawn Bowers
Director: Leanne Whitney
Genre: Documentary/Documentaries
Format: DVD

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What Makes an Activist?
By Jeromy Dunn

Over the past several years, the word ‘activist’ has been used in a disparaging light. Being labeled an activist as of late, brings with it some negative under tones that makes one think that being an activist is ‘bad thing’.

If it weren’t for activists, women may not have the right to vote, segregation would still be law of the land, or the United States could still be under British rule.

I am an activist. I am proud to call myself an activist. I am a gay rights activist, cause I believe so strongly that everyone in the United States has the unalienable right to be treated equally and with out prejudice under the law. I am an HIV/AIDS activist, because living with this disease carries with it a stigma that can sometimes be so damaging that I waited years to be tested; I was simply too afraid of how people would have treated me if I tested positive.

One Tough Pirate Bob Bowers Poz Magazine Cover May 2006Well I did test positive, and thankfully, for the most part I have been treated well by most people. This isn’t to say there are not people out there who think that my having HIV is my punishment for being gay.

I speak out, simply because there are those who are living with HIV/AIDS who can’t speak out for themselves. I speak out because I believe that just because I am living with this virus doesn’t mean that I can’t make a difference, it’s because I know I can make a difference.

If I am able to get just one person to see me as a person first and HIV second, then I have done my job.

Activism comes in all shapes, styles and people. I am proud to be an activist, and I gladly accept that label.

I want to thank a couple of people, who have inspired my activism:

Bob Bowers, aka One Tough Pirate founder of, for not only fighting this fight against AIDS but for encouraging me to do my part to end the stigma of HIV/AIDS to educate people on the facts of AIDS, and mostly I am proud to call him my friend.

Peter Staley, founder of, for creating a space that allowed me to fuel my fire to fight AIDS, who was there at the beginning when I found out I was positive. He showed me that I have many more years left to fight on, and make some change in this world. I am also very proud to call him my friend with the deepest admiration.

I will gladly stand with you both, arm in arm, and continue this fight against HIV/AIDS.

Please visit to learn more about our friend Jeromy Dunn

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Hi Bob...

You are always in my thoughts & prayers. You are a true inspiration...a beautiful heart of gold...and a soul full of spirit =] Thank you for being you & for being a friend to so many...Much love to you...
~ Jen xoxo



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HIV/AIDS educator Bob Bowers after speaking at Pitchess Detention Center in Los Angeles, California



Your ink is AMAZING! You are truly an inspiration, and I applaud all your energy and effort you have dedicated to such a worthy cause!

~ Steven
The world needs more people like you Bob. Your an inspiration to many and that includes me! Thank you!

~ Viola

Thank you Bob, but I think I am the blessed one to see such a wonderful person committed like you are and so positive and loving:) God's many blessing to you

~ Carolyn
The world needs more people like you Bob. You're an inspiration to many.

~ Daniel
I tripped over your website and found it inspiring and your tattoos cool as hell. Keep doing what you're doing man, you're making the world a better place."

~ John

Dude... your tattoos are amazing, and keep up the good work. i know too many people my age (20's) who are finding out that they have HIV because they didn't use a condom... Thank you for doing what your doing.






You are an inspiration to so many... Keep on keeping on!!!

~ John


Bob Bowers youth HIV/AIDS educator at Powers Elementary School in Powers, Oregon 3rd graders

Youth HIV/AIDS educator Bob Bowers, aka One Tough Pirate, with Dab the AIDS Bear at Powers Elementary School in Powers, Oregon. Taken after their "show and tell" with some amazing 3rd grade students. GO, Wolfpack!
Thanks again for coming to our school and talking to us.
your a really great speaker and I told Mrs. Puls to have you come back because our time got cut short. So hopefully you come back to our school :)

~ Kayla


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Da Pirate, my friend,,

Camp Heartlandnd, the ACT Rides, a rally in Texas, or an informational session in Los Angeles, you are amazing.  More than that, you are a beacon of hope that 20+ years is possible. Keep up the good work.

Yours in fight,,
~ David H.




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AIDS Activist Bob Bowers a.k.a. Da Pirate


Youth HIV/AIDS educator, AIDS activist & long-term survivor Bob Bowers, One Tough Pirate, also known simply as " Da Pirate." Bob been living with and surviving HIV/AIDS for 32 years. Bob started as an HIV positive speaker with peer education programs in Los Angeles shortly after his diagnosis. To broaden his personal message of prevention through education, hope and awareness of the disease, Bob founded the nonprofit educational organization, HIVictorious, Inc. in 2005. One Tough Pirate Productions, Inc. addresses youth HIV/AIDS education and prevention and provides AIDS awareness and advocacy in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the United States through Bob's public speaking and its AIDS awareness poster contest, "What if it Were You?" Mr. Bowers is a leading and well respected AIDS advocate and leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. As a long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS, and someone who has lost dozen of friends to AIDS, Bob is wholeheartedly committed to educating today's youth and young adults about the realities of HIV/AIDS, as well as living with AIDS long-term. Mr. Bowers is a champion for hope and survival despite some of the difficult circumstances that we ALL face in life.

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