HIV Story Project: Make Your Voice Heard

This article was reported by Post News Group.

The Post News Group reported that a storytelling booth is traveling around the United States to record accounts of how HIV has changed the lives of people with the virus. "Generations HIV," which started in 2009 as a spinoff from the HIV Story Project, looks like a photo booth, but shoots videos. The project is now concentrating on HIV history in the African-American community.

The early days of HIV affected mostly gay white men, but over time the black community has emerged as being disproportionately affected. After several high-profile African Americans admitted they had the disease and some of them died from AIDS, black public officials and faith leaders worked to raise awareness.

Generations HIV works to bring awareness and advocacy by recording personal stories with individuals from every background. Advocates believe that too many African Americans know someone who has HIV or has died from HIV. Storytellers do not have to be infected with HIV, but rather affected in some way, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

"The story can be as personal as your family or your friends, or it can be about knowing Dr. Robert Scott who died in 2009, and will always be remembered for his work in the community," said Denisha Delaney, co-chair of Bay Area State of Emergency Coalition and Black Treatment Advocacy Network.

The booth will be in Oakland, Calif., for the near future. For information, contact Jesse Brooks at (510) 575-8245 or mrjessebrooksii@gmail.com.