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"Niff" is a tribute to a close friend of storyteller Nathan Manuson. The death of Niff was a wake-up call for Nathan, to connect to his family and friends so he could have the kind of support that Niff denied himself. [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 emotional support help people living with HIV? Nathan got very sick after his friend died because he didn’t reach out for the support that he needed. Being open to your friends who are living with HIV can help them continue their treatment and feel supported. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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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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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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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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Light in the Dark by Kichy Joseph

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Kichy Joseph tells us how knowledge can shift the way people see HIV and those living with the virus. Kichy is a driven HIV prevention educator and community advocate in Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia, one of the six US-affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions. [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 not knowing the truth about HIV cause fear? Kichy didn’t know how HIV was transmitted and scared everyone he knew unnecessarily because of his own fear. Spreading fear is one way that HIV stigma continues on. Kichy was able to help the community by learning the truth about HIV. [/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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Parachute

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Henry Ocampo talks about how his HIV diagnosis derailed him as a young man just out of college. Henry shares his depression, his pain, and his hope as he takes a metaphorical leap of faith toward his own future. Henry is a Filipino-American 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 can being supportive help people through their diagnosis? Henry didn’t think he would live past his 25th birthday, but he did. By knowing the facts about HIV and HIV treatment, you can encourage people living with the virus to get the help they need to live longer. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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All the Truly Important Things

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Eric Zheng (not his real name) traces his development as a young medical student recently diagnosed with HIV to his current role as an HIV physician. He openly and honestly shares his pain, disappointment, and hope with us. Eric is a Chinese American 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 does the support of mentors and doctors help people living with HIV? Eric was able to complete his training as a doctor and pay forward the advice he had received when he was first diagnosed with HIV. Support from doctors and others can help someone living with HIV accomplish their personal and treatment goals.[/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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