Last week for World AIDS Day, Penn Medicine honored me with its Red Ribbon Pioneer Award. Truth is, it really hadn’t dawned on me, why me? When notified about it a month prior and asked if I’d accept, it wasn’t an issue why. After all, it’s Penn Medicine Center for AIDS Research — one of the premier centers in the world for HIV/AIDS research. So it wasn’t the institution, but rather if I was deserving of the recognition since most of my activity on the issue was in the past. Penn is in the current battle.