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HIV in Film, TV, and Media

Creating Without Shame: Care Providers Turn Real-Life Stories Into an HIV-Focused Telenovela

A Conversation With _Sin Vergüenza_ Producers and Creators Natalie Sanchez and Hilda Sandoval

    Natalie Sanchez and Hilda Sandoval
    Hilda Sandoval (on left) and Natalie Sanchez
    "It's taken us some time to change the culture and to prepare providers, as well as clinic staff and clients, to accept HIV as a routine part of care, because there's this perception that HIV only affects certain populations. We've had to do a lot of training." -- Natalie Sanchez
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    "\[T\]he stories are intended to ignite some discussions, or to hit a nerve here and there. When we start talking about these transgenerational issues, we're also taking about those family secrets, those issues of infidelity, that we all know take place, but _nobody_ wants to come to light." -- Hilda Sandoval
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    "There was this wonderful exchange between the reality and what normally happens on TV, and really getting viewers to see that when someone finds out that they're positive, it's a life-changing experience. We wanted to do it justice." -- Hilda Sandoval
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    "In the English version, we have that character actually saying the word 'SIDA,' because that leaves an impact in the viewers' mind, as opposed to 'I have AIDS.' But 'SIDA' is just like, wow. As a Latino, you feel that." -- Hilda Sandoval
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    Mathew Rodriguez

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    Mathew Rodriguez is the associate editor of TheBody/TheBodyPro.