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Breaking Free by Kenya C.

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Kenya is a Filipino American gay man living with HIV. His story touches on some of the factors that increased his HIV risk--military service and a resulting PTSD diagnosis, drug use, the awkward and unspoken familial acceptance of his sexual orientation--and the ways HIV treatment and support services have changed his life. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10' down='10'] [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='#cccccc' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [vc_accordion style='accordion'] [vc_accordion_tab title='What does this video tell us about stigma?' icon='' icon_color='']How do supportive services help people stay in treatment? Kenya struggles with drug use and PTSD along with his HIV diagnosis. While treating HIV is important, we have to make sure that the other needs of people living with the virus are met, since those needs can overpower the need for HIV care. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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I Who Should Thank Her by TAFFY

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TAFFY is a Native Hawaiian mahuwahine (transgender woman) HIV test counselor who shares her fear of telling her closest friend and sister that she is HIV positive. With humility and grace, TAFFY tells us that compassion and love can make all the difference in the world. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10' down='10'] [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='#cccccc' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [vc_accordion style='accordion'] [vc_accordion_tab title='What does this video tell us about stigma?' icon='' icon_color='']What can people living with HIV teach us about ourselves? TAFFY is supportive of her friend because she has experienced many of the same things in her own life. By looking at our own lives, we can find reasons and ways to be supportive of those around us living with HIV. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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Ho’omalu by Malulani

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Malulani tells the story of her reaction when one of her young clients living with HIV finds out someone has been disclosing his status to the community behind his back. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10' down='10'] [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='#cccccc' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [vc_accordion style='accordion'] [vc_accordion_tab title='What does this video tell us about stigma?' icon='' icon_color='']Why is it wrong to talk about other’s HIV status? Malulani’s client ends up getting harassed by the community because of his status. This could lead to being rejected by friends, family, and community. It is never okay to disclose someone’s HIV status. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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YOLO by mr. yess

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YOLO, or "you only live once," is a popular anthem for thrill-seekers, a kind of "carpe diem" for youth. mr. yess, a young Chinese-Vietnamese American gay man, redefines the slogan as a rejection of individual recklessness, choosing instead to embrace the connections that give us a reason to take care of ourselves. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10' down='10'] [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='#cccccc' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [vc_accordion style='accordion'] [vc_accordion_tab title='What does this video tell us about stigma?' icon='' icon_color='']How does talking about sex make us all safe? mr. yess’ story reminds us all that we need to talk frankly about HIV, to learn from each other, and how to protect each other. By talking about sex, we remove walls that keep us ignorant about HIV. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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“Life” in “Numbers” by C.C.

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C.C. is a Chinese American transgender woman living with HIV whose story touches on her transition from community member to advocate, and what it's like to "become one of the statistics" overnight. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10' down='10'] [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='#cccccc' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [vc_accordion style='accordion'] [vc_accordion_tab title='What does this video tell us about stigma?' icon='' icon_color='']How is family support important to people living with HIV? C.C.’s mother found a way to overcome her fears around her daughter’s transition to support C.C. in her recovery. This helped C.C. become an advocate for the community. We can all learn from C.C.’s mother about how to be supportive of those around us in order to help them in their treatment and life’s work.[/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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Side Effects by dtn

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In "side effects," dtn (a young Vietnamese American gay man) shares his experience with unsafe sex and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). As he relives the choices that led to his decision to have sex without a condom, he works through his shame and self-recriminations with candid honesty. NOTE: story contains mild language. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10' down='10'] [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='#cccccc' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [vc_accordion style='accordion'] [vc_accordion_tab title='What does this video tell us about stigma?' icon='' icon_color='']How can knowledge help prevent HIV? dtn knew that he could get medication to help prevent a possible HIV infection. By being open to listening and learning more about HIV, we can all know how to prevent the virus from being transmitted.[/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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He is Vince by Vince Crisotomo

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Vincent Crisostomo shares his long journey as a gay Chamorro man living with HIV. Since his diagnosis in 1989, Vince has represented his community as a fierce advocate and HIV prevention worker. Vince's story explores aging and HIV with sensitivity and compassion. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10' down='10'] [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='#cccccc' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [vc_accordion style='accordion'] [vc_accordion_tab title='What does this video tell us about stigma?' icon='' icon_color='']Do Asians get HIV? Vince says in his story doctors thought Asians didn’t get HIV at the beginning of the epidemic. As a community, we need to know that we are all at risk for HIV. By learning more about HIV, we can share ways to keep ourselves HIV free and support those living with the virus. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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I’ve Been There by Mei

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Mei is a young, Chinese American HIV test counselor who knows what it's like to hear the words: "your test result came back positive." Mei's own experience testing positive for hepatitis B helped her treat her own clients with more compassion and understanding. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10' down='10'] [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='#cccccc' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [vc_accordion style='accordion'] [vc_accordion_tab title='What does this video tell us about stigma?' icon='' icon_color='']How can we be supportive when someone discloses their HIV status? Mei learned from her experience to make sure to not pressure her client into deciding what to do next after telling them about their HIV diagnosis. What her story teaches us is that we must all be supportive of the decisions people living with HIV make, and know how to properly support them.[/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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Hope by Robbie Tanuwijaya

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Robbie is an Indonesian man whose HIV diagnosis isolated him from his friends and family for six years. In "Hope," Robbie shows how kindness and acceptance can literally save a life. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10' down='10'] [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='#cccccc' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [vc_accordion style='accordion'] [vc_accordion_tab title='What does this video tell us about stigma?' icon='' icon_color='']How does compassion help people living with HIV? Robbie was afraid to get the treatment he needed while he was sick, but his friend asked him to open up about what was happening in his life. Through his friend’s unconditional support, Robbie was able to get the care and treatment he needed to get healthy.[/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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My Marathon Story

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Devesh Khatu shares an inspirational story about living with HIV as a marathon runner. Devesh is a South Asian gay man. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10' down='10'] [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='#cccccc' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [vc_accordion style='accordion'] [vc_accordion_tab title='What does this video tell us about stigma?' icon='' icon_color='']How do those around you influence HIV transmission? Devesh talks about how partying contributed his risk for HIV, just like silence and fear can influence whether or not people get tested. By talking openly about HIV, you can help influence people to get tested and support them if they need treatment.[/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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