Jesse Brooks, Health Reporter

Jesse Brooks was born in Los Angeles, and his family moved to Oakland in the late 60s. At an early age he had a love for writing and in 1970, while in the 6th grade, his work was read on The Phil Donahue Show (A famous national syndicated talk show). Brooks is a graduate of Oakland Technical High School and was a member of the National Guard in Fort Dix, New Jersey from 1981 to 1983. Through all of his accomplishments, he struggled with many internal battles including a drug addiction and acceptance of his sexuality. Now after overcoming drug addiction, coming to terms with his sexuality, and accepting that he is HIV positive, Jesse is using his voice to educate Oakland’s urban communities. Jesse serves a Health Reporter for the Post Newspaper. Email Jesse Brooks

Stories by Jesse

AIDS and Aging

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Oakland Holds Pride Festival and Parade

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When and How to Share HIV Status

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