To use the stories of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to reduce stigma, raise awareness, promote prevention, encourage testing, and enhance care.
We know that people relate to people and stories are powerful tools. We aim to allow those infected/affected by HIV/AIDS to participate in solutions, to be treated with dignity as a valuable resource for the greater good.
The Positive Project was established as a nonprofit endeavor in 2000. It has grown from the conversations of two mental health professionals who have worked collectively for more than 30 years with people infected and affected by HIV disease. We were often struck by the power of the accounts and comments we heard in privacy behind closed doors. It became increasingly clear that these powerful and valuable first-person accounts were an unrecognized and underutilized resource.
The Project was created to add crucial first-person accounts of the disease back into pre-existing prevention and care efforts. We aim to ensure that this disease does not loose its human face. Through The Positive Project, we are positioned to ask, listen, and utilize what we hear. This work is innovative in scope and duplicates no other similar efforts currently known. We join the power of first person accounts with advances in internet technology to make stories available like never before.
The result is an ever-growing collection of video taped interviews with a diverse assortment of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. We cover a broad range of topics, including: initial diagnosis, coping, disclosure, prevention, medical care, adherence, parenting, social life, dating, sex, etc.
Filmed interviews are subsequently digitized into an online database searchable by topic, demographics, or both. This resource facilitates tailored materials for targeted audiences. The archive currently houses hundreds of video clips and is constantly growing as others step forward to give their story for the greater good. Look, Listen, and Learn.
That these stories are heard, held, and used with the respect and dignity in which they were offered, collected, and made available.