When HIV/AIDS first appeared in the 1980s, it was a dreaded disease that had no cure. The epidemic brought an enormous amount of fear, suffering, and isolation for those who were infected. Today, we can suppress the viral load with drugs and people can expect to live a normal life expectancy.
Prepare for this discussion by reading the two sites at the AVERTing HIV and AIDS website and by watching the documentary “Positive Youth.” This activity aligns with module outcomes 3 and 4.
- In the documentary “Positive Youth,” filmed in 2012, we follow four young people dealing with an HIV positive status. How have things changed for HIV/AIDS positive individuals and how have things stayed the same? Please describe some of the choices that they have made after their diagnosis that you find to be positive and inspiring.