Ángel was born in a small rural town in Puerto Rico. Diagnosed with AIDS in 2003, it took him 6 years to “get out of the closet” of HIV. Since 2010, Ángel has been involved as a community representative in various boards and organizations. As an advocate, he believes there is still a need for education around HIV, and still much more work to do to address the social determinants of health of persons living with HIV and AIDS. A key element of Ángel’s advocacy work is to empower and support persons living with HIV and AIDS. As HIV Community Educator, he has received scholarships to attend various national and international conferences, including USCA; POSITIVE LIVING; International Conference on AIDS; CROI. Angel helps members of the general community understand the science of HIV and AIDS to ensure community concerns are considered.