Todd Fuqua, 52, is a queer artist & photographer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Todd worked in corporate for 20+ years. When Todd lost his job in 2010, the period that followed helped shape what Todd would accomplish to date. He has a passion for asset-based community development, social justice & self-advocacy. Areas of focus include LGBTQ+ related issues, mental health, addiction & recovery, HIV/AIDS, and ex-offenders.
In 2012, Todd found himself in the hospital with form of sepsis, resulting from untreated and misdiagnosed stage-2 syphilis. It was in that hospital bed that he also received a diagnosis that he was HIV positive. On the guidance of his infectious disease doctor, Todd started on anti-retroviral treatment right away and within 9 months, his viral load was undetectable.
Todd had been largely silent about his HIV status until 2019, when his story was featured in a local newspaper article about The Damien Center, Indiana’s largest and oldest AIDS service organization, where Todd receives his HIV care. After the Damien Center interview, he was approached by theBody.com, to be interviewed as part of their Eye on the End series, designed to monitor the U.S.’s ‘Ending the HIV Epidemic’ Plan. Since then, Todd has ramped up his activism – joining the local Ryan White Planning Council and the Damien Center Board of Directors. In July 2020, he attended the virtual International AIDS Conference IAC2020VIRTUAL with 20 other Hoosiers as a member of the Hoosier IAC Scholarship Fund Group.
As an artist and activist – or “artivist” – Todd started a social movement he calls CelebrateUU. CelebrateUU builds on the concept of U=U, calling on individuals living with HIV/AIDS to start recognizing and celebrating our anniversaries of having an undetectable viral load. In doing so, we build a digital patchwork of survivors and a time capsule of hope for when we end the HIV epidemic. For more information on how to participate, go to www.celebrateuu.org.