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World AIDS Day film

Stressing importance of a shared community

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The typically solemn themes of World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) are turned on their heads in a new short film that boldly empowers living, breathing people living with HIV and illustrates the value of shared community.

Watch "Sing Your Song".

“It's a fantastic film and I am proud of everyone in it. It should be seen and shared widely,” says longtime HIV activist Mark King and occasional writer for The Central Voice.

This year’s theme for Dec. 1 World AIDS Day, which will be marking its 30th anniversary, is “Know your status”.

To commemorate World AIDS Day 2018, the Sero Project has released Sing Your Song, a short film illustrating the life-changing value of PLHIV networks. It turns the typically solemn World AIDS Day on its head by showing the thrilling potential of living, breathing people living with HIV and why creating networks is a crucial tool.

“PLHIV networks are as important today as they were in the earliest days of the epidemic,” said Robert Suttle, Sero’s Assistant Director. “Networks are where we can ask questions of our peers, learn how and find the strength to disclose our HIV status when appropriate and build the self-empowerment critical to our survival.” Sero and other PLHIV networks are urging AIDS service organizations, policy leaders and others to highlight the important role of PLHIV networks during his year’s World AIDS Day commemorations.

The film was shot this fall at the “We, the Positive” summit in Jackson, Mississippi, produced by the Mississippi Positive Network and My Brother’s Keeper (an HIV and healthcare service provider).

Gina Brown, RSW, Community Engagement Manager at the Southern AIDS Coalition said, “The themes of belonging and community are universal, but some people might be surprised by the sheer level of strength and resilience among people living with HIV in the Mississippi delta area. Many people with HIV in the region live in poverty, have limited access to healthcare and suffer from profound stigma. Yet by working together they not only survive, but thrive, inspiring and motivating other people living with HIV, including me.”

The Sero Project fights HIV-related stigma, discrimination and criminalization and works to support the strengthening and creation of PLHIV networks across the U.S. and in Mexico.

Sing Your Song is a project that grew out of Sero’s Network Empowerment Project, which provides a toolkit to PLHIV who are involved with networks or interested in starting a network. To access the toolkit, or to find a PLHIV network in your area, go to Network Empowerment Project.

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