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Former Mass. Legislator Takes New Role With HIV/AIDS Health Organization

Carl Sciortino. (Courtesy AIDS Action Committee/Jim Harrison)

Carl Sciortino. (Courtesy AIDS Action Committee/Jim Harrison)

Carl Sciortino, Jr. had a relatively low profile as a Massachusetts legislator, until he released a campaign ad that went viral in his bid for the U.S. House of Representatives last year.

The ad cuts back and forth between Sciortino and his father. Sciortino, who is openly gay, talks about coming out to his conservative father as a “Massachusetts liberal.”

The ad has won accolades from the American Association of Political Consultants and garnered a lot of attention, but it was not enough to help Sciortino win. He came in third place in the primary in a crowded field of Democratic candidates.

Now, after nine years in the state legislature, Sciortino is taking a step back from politics and into advocacy work for people with HIV/AIDS, as executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. He will be the first person living with HIV to lead the organization.


Carl Sciortino, executive director of the AIDS Action Committee and former Massachusetts representative. He tweets at @carlsciortino.


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  • Marsh

    The population of people who have this disease need support just as Mr. Sciortino stated, and I hope that he can direct his organization to provide the best care possible. I listened to this and was digusted by the comment Mr. Sciortino made regarding an email he received from a physician he knew. He stated that the physician made a comment about avoiding HIV by not participating in high risky sexual behavior. Then he, Mr. Sciortino, stated that the physician was “ignorant.” I’m sure Mr. Sciortino won’t read this but am curios how he contracted the virus? Did he get it from a blood transfusion? Was he abusing IV meds and reusing dirty needles? It’s ridiculous! We know that someone didn’t sneeze on him and give him HIV. How can he dismiss the comment of a physician as being naive? Does he even know how it is transmitted? Mr. Sciortino I’m sure your a good guy, but don’t try to sell me a red car that is clearly black. Maybe I should rephrase that, don’t make people feel good about doing something risky, something that could endanger them, just because it is socially accepted. The Physician was right, If you don’t have HIV currently, the best way to avoid not getting it is avoiding sexual behavior with those who have it. Don’t believe me, look it up. http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/how-you-get-hiv-aids/

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