Recipient of the Pedro Zamora young leaders Scholarship 

Throughout his undergraduate studies at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, Antwan worked to help underserved communities, creating a student-led health organization, Peer HEALTH Educators, to redefine the philosophy of health in communities of color.

Today, Antwan is a board member of the National AIDS Memorial and works as the HIV Navigator at GlideSF, a nonprofit organization that serves vulnerable populations in San Francisco.  

Antwan’s overall objectives are to continue his education in public health, law, and medicine to create holistic approaches to meld social determinants and medicine for positive outcomes in marginalizing populations.

“I love the idea of being in a position where my innovative ideas and modules are put into place within our society to establish reliable opportunities, resources, and funding…I am steered in the direction of helping to promote change as well as being proactive for change.”

– Antwan Matthews


40 years of memorial, survivorship and stories of AIDS

The National AIDS Memorial brings 40 years of stories from the pandemic – the lives lost, the heroes, the survivors.  Each week we will share new stories that provide a glimpse into the many faces of AIDS from then to now.

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Our work helps ensure that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and the story of AIDS is known by future generations -
so that never again will a community be harmed because of fear, silence, discrimination, or stigma.