Longing for Home by Anonymous

About This Video

A Marshallese man living with HIV describes his early experiences with HIV stigma. He grew up in the Marshall Islands where a favorite uncle was also diagnosed with HIV. Seeing the way his uncle was treated led to this storyteller avoiding his own HIV tests, for fear of being rejected himself. The Marshall Islands are one of the six US-affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions.

What does this video tell us about stigma?
How can those around you help or hurt your HIV treatment? This storyteller wants to go home to his family but can’t because he is afraid of how his community will treat him because he has HIV. His story is a powerful example of how your community’s reaction can help or hurt people living with HIV.

Category

Avoiding Risk, Being Supportive, Men, Staying Healthy