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HIV Positive Voices Documentary - USA


HIV Positive Voices shows the devastating effect of what it is like to live with HIV and cope with the social stigma, rigorous treatment regimen and related health problems. It also shows that it is possible to live a productive and positive life even if you are HIV positive. The film is accompanied by a discussion guide that helps viewers understand and process the various aspects of the film. Each of the four people profiled in this Emmy Award winning documentary represents a different mode of HIV transmission. They have courageously chosen to speak out about their HIV status, and become positive voices for awareness, compassion and prevention.

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Since HIV Positive Voices made its World Premiere in December 2003, thousands of copies have been requested from over 68 countries around the world. It has been viewed by diverse groups ranging from Ghanaian church youth groups to the US President’s Council on HIV and AIDS. After one full year of dissemination, a contest was held to find the best use of the film. The thousands of recipients of the film were invited via email to visit the HIV Positive Voices web site and click on “Impact Evaluation”. It was difficult to select one “winner” out of the many inspiring entries, but the $250 prize was awarded to Chen Yaohong in China who translated the film into Chinese and reported that the viewers drew profound inspiration from it.


HIV Positive Voices was co-produced by Stuart Television Productions and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs with grants from the Mary Wohlford Foundation and the Baltimore City Health Department.

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