Darlene Robertson

Biography

            
Darlene currently serves as the Chair for the Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network (LAAN). Prior to becoming the Chair she was the Advocate-at-Large with LAAN. She is also a new member of the Louisiana HIV Planning Group and an active client and board member with Acadiana CARES an AIDS Service Organization (ASO) in Lafayette. Darlene had the honor of traveling to Washington DC for three years with other advocates from LAAN to meet with senators and representatives from Louisiana to promote better laws, policies and services for the HIV community throughout the state.
She received an Unsung Hero in 1992 for all of her volunteer work in the Galveston, TX area. She was recently inducted into the Sister Love/2020 Leading Women Society for over 25 years of her public leadership in the HIV communities and she was a past board member of the International Community of Women Living with HIV – USA.

She has spoken on panels or done HIV education and prevention presentations at schools, churches, police academies, colleges, nursing homes, or anywhere else where people wanted to learn more about HIV. Darlene has been in newspapers, on the radio and even on television providing education regarding HIV and sharing her story. She has been on advisory boards, state planning groups, a board member on five different AIDS service organization in Louisiana and Texas. She is available to travel within the state to educate others about being an HIV advocate, getting tested, becoming a client with their local ASO and encouraging them to be on HIV medications to become virally suppressed in order to put an end to stigma and discrimination.