When access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services becomes a challenge, it can deeply impact marginalized communities already vulnerable to the virus. This is especially true for Latinx people living in fear under U.S. policies that have fueled anti-immigration sentiment. Compounded with language barriers, internalized stigma, and social challenges, the road to adequate HIV care for this community can be riddled with hurdles.
In the process of traveling around the U.S. to meet people living with HIV and recording their stories, we've heard the barriers and fears some Latinx folks had to face -- and overcome -- to seek care and treatment.
The brief clips we share show the resiliency, healing, and support these Latinx folks came to find after seeking adequate treatment for HIV.
These interviews were recorded in 2018 in two locations: Orlando, Florida, and Los Angeles, California. Daisy Becerra coordinated both shoots. On-site video direction and camerawork was performed by Jens Bishop. Video production and editing were performed by Jens Bishop and Alex Portaluppi. English-language interviews were conducted by Nasreen Alkhateeb. Los Angeles interviews were facilitated by Richard L. Zaldivar, Andres Magaña, and Angela Cristobal of The Wall Las Memorias, as well as Gil Diaz of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Recruitment for the Orlando interviews was performed by Giuliani Alvarenga, Kevin Maloney, and Tiffany Marrero.