Guam Pride: Vince J. Aguon

June 22, 2017 Lacee A.C. Martinez

Condoms began to fly once Vince J. Aguon started his photoshoot for this LGBTQ feature.

No, he wasn’t just coming over-prepared. By trade, Vince is communicable disease control

coordinator at the Department of Public Health and Social Services Division of Public

Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. There, he provides STD/HIV testing,

makes referral and partner services to priority populations including men who have sex

with men (not necessarily gay men), those who inject drugs, etc. He also serves on DPHSS’s

Quality Improvement Council and the Guam HIV Planning Group.

It’s no wonder condoms came flying out as he riffled through his bag for his business card.

Vince is also a member of the LGBTQ community, a gay man, if you’re keeping score, who

isn’t too interested in labels.

“I identify as human,” he says with a smiley emoticon attached. “With respect to my job, it

just happened to be incidental. Among many other things I’m passionate about (food,

travel, etc.) I am passionate about working with people, especially regarding a topic that

not everyone is so open to discuss (safer sex, condoms, etc.). I believe that every one of us

has been blessed with our very own unique characteristics… find out what you’re

passionate about, and make that your contribution to society.  Whether you’re gay or

straight, I’m sure there are many people with the same outlook on life.”

 


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Lacee A.C. Martinez

Guam born and raised, this reporter has an affinity for island life, people and culture. Got a story idea? Email her at lmartinez@unoguam.com.

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