Originally from Tampa, Florida, Jade Elektra is a Toronto-based drag recording artist, also known as DJ Relentless. Jade is known for her activism around HIV/AIDS. Since 2007, she and her husband have been producing events to create safe spaces for the HIV+ community and to raise funds and awareness for local AIDS Service Organizations.
Diagnosed in 1990, Jade moved to New York City with her friend, Grace, in the spring of 1992. Grace was also HIV+ and helped Jade, a small town Southern boy, get acquainted with the big city, get her first job, and taught her how to survive in the cracks of having no access to health care.
Jade did not get on medical treatment until 2002, when she learned that she had diabetes. The condition became worse, leading to the decline of her T-cells in 2005, which dropped below 200. Jade started her HIV medications immediately and her CD4 count shot up to around 500 within the first two months.
In 2009, Jade moved to Toronto. For the first 8 years, the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA) was an important source of support for her, as she and her husband relied on their food bank for survival. By 2015, Jade became a permanent resident in Canada and was able to get a doctor in Toronto to maintain a strong treatment plan and care support.