Dawn Trotter was diagnosed with HIV in 2007 and a heart condition soon after, given a prognosis that she would likely live for one year. Her uncertainty about her health mobilized her to learn as much about it as possible and inspired her to share what she had learned with others as overwhelmed as she had been. A mother of three, she has gone on living far beyond that year and became involved with NYLinks as a consumer in 2012 and attended the National Quality Center’s Training of Consumers on Quality. Using what she had learned about the health disparities faced by HIV positive women, she initiative a Panties for Pap Smears program at Erie County Medical Center, toward increasing the number of HIV+ women who had received their yearly screening. Currently, Dawn works full time at Evergreen Medical Group as a Retention Support Assistant, applying her passion to maintain HIV positive people in healthcare and promoting their adherence toward viral suppression to her daily work. She has served the NYS AIDS Institute Consumer Advisory Board since 2014 and became Co-Chair of the Peer Certification Board in 2016. She has been a featured speaker for On Common Ground, Faith Communities Project, Ending the Epidemic: HIV Prevention in 2016, and What People and Congregations Need to Know.

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