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HIV Activist Paul Yabor Dies at 55

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Photo Credit: Dan Martino

Philadelphia FIGHT Health Care Centers announced on May 17, 2017 that Paul Yabor, known for is continuous fight to help those who were injection drug users get clean and get help has died.

According to, Paul Yabor died from a drug overdose and nobody knew that he had been back using drugs again. He was found in an area where he often spent his time reaching out and helping others in need.

A message on the FIGHT.ORG website reads:

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Paul Yabor, an AIDS Activist and member of the FIGHT Community, passed away today. Paul was known across the Philadelphia region as a tireless champion of the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, and was involved in many related causes. He was a long-time member of ACT UP Philadelphia, and had become a member of the Pennsylvania State HIV Prevention Planning Board. He gave much of his energy to the work of Prevention Point Philadelphia, in addition to volunteering with Philly AIDS Thrift, the FIGHT Community Advisory Board, and countless other organizations. He was an early member of the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, which led to the successful development of the Philadelphia Land Bank. His most recent activist goals were fighting for opiate overdose prevention methods, and for the establishment of safer consumption sites for active drug users. Paul was a formidable activist and his voice will surely be missed."

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