In early December, 1995, Robb Dussliere signed up to test a new drug called Ritonavir. Early testing showed that it boosted the T-cells of people who took the drug, and it reduced the amount of HIV in their blood.
I went to Robb’s house and found him dressed in work clothes from working on the home that he was preparing to open for the DeLaCerda House, to provide shelter for homeless HIV and AIDS clients in the Quad Cities.
I was very glad to see Buddy, Robb’s dog, back at home. Robb talks about it in this feature that was broadcast in December, 1995.
I was also very happy to see that Robb was using a Smurf glass. I had some of those and loved to use them because they cracked me up, so I was tickled that Robb used one, too. One reason we bonded, obviously, was our silly mutual sense of humor.
You can donate to the DeLaCerda House and help homeless HIV and AIDS clients, who still need our support 20 years later. Just go to www.delacerdahouseinc.org and click on the “Donate” button on the right side of the page.