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Imagine being 24 years old again, old enough to fully live and young enough not to care. Remember what it was like the first time you fell in love — not puppy love that usually disappears after high school, but real love. Love that makes your stomach flutter and your hands moist when you’re around that person, your eyes wander because you become fascinated with this being in front of you, secure in knowing that all your love and efforts in creating a healthy, functioning relationship are reciprocated to the fullest ability. Now imagine being that person’s lover: basking in the glory of sweet, sweet tangerines mixed with cinnamon, honey, whipped crème and vodka because as we all know, love is hard. However, the beauty within you two is that you make it work: love. Love is enough. Picture the two of you holding hands out by the beach, relaxing with the sand in your toes and the wind in your hair. You lean into your sweetheart, two ice-cold tall glasses of champagne — topped with HIV; would you like one? 

Mazzoni Center was the first AIDS service organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the fourth in the United States. Our agency was founded as a small, grassroots, all-volunteer clinic in 1979, a few short years before the first cases of HIV/AIDS began to appear in Philadelphia and around the country. This means that we’ve had a long perspective on AIDS not simply as a medical condition, but as something that may also impact a person’s social, emotional and economic well-being. Our continuum of care has evolved to support in these various needs, including food, housing, mental health and case management, along with quality medical care.

Office sought: U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania

Party: Democrat

McGinty is a Northeast Philadelphia native who earned a law degree from Columbia Law School and went on to serve as a White House advisor on environmental issues under then-President Bill Clinton. She served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and later chief of staff to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.


Office sought: U.S. Representative for the Seventh District

Party: Democrat

A native of the Seventh District, Balchunis taught political science at La Salle University for more than two decades, and is the former executive director of The Resource Center for Human Services and assistant to the mayor. She is vying to diversify Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, which is currently comprised of all men. For more information, visit

Office sought: Pennsylvania Attorney General

Party: Democrat

Shapiro is the chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, on which he has sat since 2012. Previously, he represented the 153rd District in the state House of Representatives. For more information, visit

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