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Craig Washington believes he’s on a ‘sacred’ journey to educate and save lives

Craig Washington, left, and the 2009 Atlanta AIDS Walk

Craig Washington, 50, says being a face of the 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta is “poetic.”

“I think there’s something very poetic … there’s an arc of growth and change to come from 25 years ago in the summer of ’85, being terrified and somewhat ashamed,” he says.

“And just operating on faith but not a lot of evidence and not wanting or willing to have anyone know that I was positive, to lending my name and my image as being openly HIV positive,” he adds. “It speaks a lot of how, not so much how much I’ve grown or changed, but also how the society I’m a part of has changed. … That to a certain extent has made room for me to do that.”