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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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Mauli Ola

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Melenie Eleneke is a traditional healer and health advocate. She is also a mahuwahine (transgender woman) living with HIV. Melenie shares a story about how the man who infected her with HIV came back into her life in a dramatic way. Her story is about letting go, moving on, and healing. [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 having knowledge about HIV help those around you? Melenie was able to get her friend medication to stop HIV infection after sex. By knowing the ways to prevent HIV, you can help protect those around you. Melenie was a source of support for her friend in their time of need. [/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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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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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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Thank You by Kevin “Woody” Wood

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Woody tells us the story of finding out he got HIV from his partner, who was too ashamed to tell him about his own HIV status. [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 help transmit HIV? Woody’s partner was too ashamed to talk about his HIV status, and Woody unknowingly became positive. By talking openly about HIV, we can reduce the shame surrounding the virus and talk about protecting each other and the ones we love. [/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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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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