José Fernando Colón López, a leading HIV/AIDS advocate in Puerto Rico, has died, according to a statement from the Latino Commission on AIDS. In 1999, Colón and his partner of 18 years, Anselmo Fonseca, founded Pacientes de Sida Pro Politica Sana (AIDS Patients for Sane Policies). Although it does not provide direct clinical services, the group does provide client-focused support and care referrals. It was formed in the aftermath of a major scandal at the San Juan AIDS Institute in which former officials stole more than $2 million.

To read the statement, click here.

To read a POZ article featuring Colón and Fonseca, click here.