Illinois: Music Video Educates About HIV
November 21, 2011
A groundbreaking music video, whose main character is a young black man grappling with HIV, has been viewed more than 9,000 times on YouTube.com since its September debut. The work grew out of a public service announcement for Test Positive Aware Network created by Chicago-based photographer John Gress. The PSA promoted the outreach "A Day in the Life with HIV," which asked Americans living with the virus to photograph themselves on Sept. 21 and post the photos to a website.
After collecting hours of testimonials, Gress needed music and called on a good friend, R&B singer Marshall Titus, for help. Nothing really worked until they came across the track to "I Will," a mellow but uplifting work Titus recorded not long after losing his mother. Within days, Gress was piecing together a story for the music video based on the interviews he conducted.
Windy City Times (Chicago)
10.12.2011; Erica Demarest
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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