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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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“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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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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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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n.8

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"Hatsume" (not her real name) talks about her shame and fear of being judged by her friends for being HIV-positive. "Hatsume" is a young, Japanese American woman. [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='']Is there ever a right time to disclose your HIV status? Being open and knowledgeable about HIV can help those around you who may be suffering in silence. Hatsume wants the support of her friends but isn’t sure how to ask for it. Showing empathy and understanding to everyone around you is one way to show people like Hatsume that they can share their status with you. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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Making Deals by Jaimie

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When Jaimie found out she was living with HIV, she found herself "Making Deals" with God in hopes that her two young sons would be negative. Her story is about the transformative power of unconditional love. Jaimie is an outspoken HIV advocate and local woman from Hawai'i. [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 love help someone living with HIV? Jaimie says “I am still alive today because of your unconditional love.” Family support is important to supporting health. How has your family supported you with health problems that you’ve faced?  [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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Journey to Opening by Alice

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Alice--the mother of a young boy--recounts how she found out she was living with HIV. Her story highlights how HIV stigma affects not just individuals, but families and communities. [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 would you react if you heard someone being called “HIV”? Alice’s son is called “HIV” at school because of her status. Singling out her son because of fear is how stigma is spread, rather than using open and honest communication about how the virus is transmitted. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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Niamam (Regret)

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In "Regret," 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. Now she has learned more about HIV and is working on HIV prevention. By overcoming her fear about HIV, she is able to see people living with HIV as people and not their disease. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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