September

If you could write yourself into a storyline on your favorite show, what would your character represent about living with HIV that your audience needs to know?

Submitted by Katrina

I think the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) that is missing in the media is how normal we are. Is that boring? I think the drama of diagnosis, survival, guilt, shame and/or death is part of the challenge in fighting HIV...

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Submitted by Justin

In my opinion, I feel the media is lacking the reality of disclosure in everyday life with HIV. I feel that there is no comfortable place, time or way to disclose one’s HIV status to a potential partner or family member. With that...

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Submitted by Tree

I find quite a few HIV positive characters on TV, but none are quite like me. I would write myself into a show like "Modern Family" or "Lincoln Heights." I would write my story just as it is: a young man not engulfed by his HIV status,...

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Submitted by Jahlove

When it comes to HIV positive people and characters in media, I feel like we are depicted as victims or offenders. I would to change this. One of my favorite TV shows of all time is "Noah's Arc." My character on "Noah's Arc" would be...

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Submitted by Darrell

I think a realistic glimpse of what living with HIV is like today would be useful. It certainly wouldn't be a very major plot point for the character. The show should portray someone who is healthy, happy, and sexy--viewers should...

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Submitted by Kim

If I had to write myself into a scripted TV show, I would write myself into ABC Family’s "The Fosters." This show is about a lesbian couple that fosters different children and shows how they all have different stories that bring them...

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Submitted by Willie

The movie that portrays issues of HIV/AIDS and the MSM community is Tyler Perry’s "For Colored Girls." The magazine tycoon Jo, played by Janet Jackson, confronts Carl on his homosexuality, which he angrily denies at first. However, Jo...

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Submitted by Haynes

"You cannot see anything that you do not first contemplate as a reality." —Ramtha

Of course, I see myself as the ole skool star that is cast on "Empire" as an act that Cookie Lyon is staging a comeback for. The big plot twist is...

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Submitted by Jasan

The recent season finale episode of the TV show, "How to Get Away With Murder," featured a character receiving news that he was HIV positive. There were numerous social media posts responding to this character’s diagnosis, claiming...

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Submitted by Melinda

I am character on General Hospital. My name is Robin Scorpio and I am the daughter of two spies. I became HIV positive when I was very young. My boyfriend at the time was positive and didn't know it. After his passing, I tested myself...

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