July 31 1978 – June 6, 2010
Dr. Roy Arad was born in Ramat Gan, Israel, a small city of 130’000 people in the district of Tel Aviv. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2005, at a time when he was in his 4th year at medical school. He had to face a lot of bigotry and restrictions, which made it almost impossible for him to pursue his studies. He could overcome these limitations thanks to the Israel AIDS Task Force and Gideon Hirsch. This experience made him realise the importance of fighting, as a group, for our rights. Soon after, he joined IATF and started volunteering there. In the past 3 years, he served IATF as a board member, did HIV testing and counseling and translated medical updates for the IATF web site.
In the army, Roy used to be a computer programmer. During his studies, he also worked as a translator.
Roy was a man of many hobbies. 5’000 books are part of his heritage. He loved poetry and art. Roy was also fluent in French and a fan of French comics. He loved music, movies and his cats.
Roy was a humble, bashful man who would reveal only part of himself to his family and friends – mostly people who have hardly met before. For his family, Roy’s death was not only a big shock – they had not known his HIV-status, nor about many of his activities for EATG, and for patients, mainly immigrants and drug users in need of support in Israeli hospitals. Via the friends they had never met before, they learned a lot about Roy, and finally learned what a wonderful person he has been to so many people.
The past year of his life was marked by health troubles which affected him seriously, and finally led to what he did on June 6. He is survived by his parents, his sister Moran, his brother Elad and many friends in Israel and here at EATG.
Keep him in your memory as you knew him – a sweet, humble man and loyal friend.