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Child of God by Kawika

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Kawika is a Fijian gay man living with HIV who struggles to reconcile himself with his family and his faith. His story is compassionate and hopeful and is, in itself, an act of reclaiming much of what he thought he lost. [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 shame prevent people from getting the support they need? Kawika wants support from his family, but he is afraid that they will reject him. Showing that you are supportive can help people living with HIV stay in care.[/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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Longing for Home by Anonymous

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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. [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 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. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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Where I Came From by Keith

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Keith--a former intravenous drug user--finds a way to tell his children his HIV status. Now, he shares his experiences to help others as an HIV community advocate. [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='']Would you tell your loved ones about your HIV infection? Keith decided to tell his children about his HIV infection because he needed their support to stay healthy. Now that his family knows about his status, they can better support his health. [/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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Whatever Happens by Kaleolani

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Kaleolani tells us that the thought of disappointing his parents was his biggest fear when he was diagnosed with AIDS. His story is a powerful reminder of how much we need the love of our family. [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 was getting his family’s support helpful for Kaleolani? Kaleolani was afraid of how his parents would react to his HIV status, but they supported him. The support that family provides can give people living with HIV the strength they need to continue treatment. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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Ma Ane’i Au (I Am Here) by Raymond Alejo

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Raymond Alejo shares how his role as his family's healer and kahu--a Hawaiian spiritual leader--helped him deal with his drug addiction and live a full life with HIV. [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 spirituality help people living with HIV? Raymond uses Hawaiian cultural practices to help overcome his addiction and lead a full life with HIV. For people with life threatening illnesses, religion and spirituality can help people by providing support in times of need. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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Everybody Came by Tony

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Tony shares how he kept avoiding getting tested for HIV, even as his health deteriorated. Eventually, he ended up in the hospital where he found the healing power of family support. [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='']Can avoiding testing make people sicker? Fear of testing positive, even while living with HIV, means treatment gets delayed, leading to hospitalization. Tony was very sick before going to the hospital. What happened to him could have been avoided if he sought treatment earlier. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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New Beginning by Hope

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Because of Hope’s husband HIV diagnosis and her subsequent diagnosis, she had to leave her home. Her family has rejected her because of her HIV diagnosis. [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 could Hope’s family help her? Hope’s family rejected her because of her HIV status, forcing her to move to a different island. Without their support, she can’t return home with her son. Hope needs her family’s love and support to stay on treatment and to help raise her son. [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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Courage to Live On by Martin Q. Barcinas

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Martin says that “Living with AIDS is a daily struggle.” By the time Martin was diagnosed with HIV, it had already progressed to AIDS, but he is finding the "Courage to Live On" by sharing his story with others living with or affected by HIV. [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 families support help people living with HIV? Martin’s family wants to keep his diagnosis a secret from his nieces and nephews, but he needs their support to help him stay healthy. Feeling loved and supported can help people stay on treatment.  [/vc_accordion_tab] [/vc_accordion]...

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