This collection of dramatic shorts features a variety of stories about people’s experiences with HIV. The program contains stories of individuals living with HIV, people getting tested, and how these experiences affects those closest to them. Tensions between 17-year-old Roman and his religious grandmother peak when he refuses to participate in a church blood-drive in Stay Positive. Then, at an HIV testing clinic, an overwhelming anxiety consumes Roman as he waits. In Disclosure, Tyler realizes that it’s time to talk to his partner about his HIV status, which takes them both on an emotional journey of heartache, isolation, and discrimination. Peter's view of the world changes when he receives life-altering news in Stigma. He drones on through his normal day, unsure of what to do or who…if anyone, to tell. Feeling his humanity like never before, Peter sets out on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance. Coming off of the devastation of a bad breakup with a girlfriend, Vee musters up the courage to go and take an HIV test in Bumming Cigarettes—but what she experiences during her trip to a local clinic is much more than she expects while she spends time with a stranger, Jimmy, as she awaits her test results.


Co-presented by:
HIV Nightline

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