Connection matters. When people who are living with HIV can come together safely and have open, honest dialogues about their sexual health and diagnosis, it creates a space of belonging and community. This is especially the case for people in the U.S. who are living within a system that's often stacked against them, including black folks.
We've traveled around the U.S. to meet people living with HIV and record their stories. In the process, we've seen first-hand how some people began to openly and unapologetically disclose their status -- and how that decision led to self-acceptance, healing, and the creation of new networks of support for others.
The brief clips we share here show what can happen when black people living with HIV decide to disclose their status in safe, supportive spaces.
These interviews were recorded in 2016 in various locations within the U.S., as well as in 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Daisy Becerra coordinated the Orlando shoot. On-site video direction and camerawork was performed by Jens Bishop. Video production and editing were performed by Jens Bishop and Alex Portaluppi. Recruitment for the Orlando interviews was performed by Giuliani Alvarenga, Kevin Maloney, and Tiffany Marrero.