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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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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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Regret by Sincera Fritz

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Sincera Fritz shares her first, fearful encounter with a person living with HIV. She bravely describes her personal struggle with HIV stigma and is now an HIV prevention outreach worker and powerful advocate for people living with HIV. Sincera is from Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia (one of the six US-affiliated Pacific Islander 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 can our own fear of HIV hold us back from understanding? Sincera was afraid to talk to the man on the boat because she was scared of HIV. The way Sincera overcame her fear was by learning the truth about the virus. By overcoming her fear, she is able to see people living with HIV as people and not their disease, and help those around her overcome their own fears.[/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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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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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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Injection by Stacia Ohira

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"I was predestined to become HIV positive," says Stacia Ohira. In "Injection," Stacia details the conditions in her life that increased her HIV risk as a transgender woman--family rejection, drugs, homelessness, sex work, incarceration--and the acceptance and support she eventually found with her community and children. [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 rejection and homelessness affect HIV risk? Because many people in the transgender community are thrown out by their families, they lose the support they need to stay healthy. Many employers discriminate against transgender women, leading to desperate situations for survival. How have your family or community helped you face health problems in the past? [/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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