When the first Federal report of what would come to be known as AIDS emerged in 1981, none of the new media tools we use today were available.
At that time, you got your news from a printed newspaper or from one of three network television news shows–and the information you got depended on whether a major news outlet found it important enough to publish.
Since then, so much has changed to inform people about HIV and AIDS. Now digital channels bring the news almost instantly to anyone who has access to the Internet—and we can now get news from a vast pool of sources.
Research indicates that, for people living with serious illnesses like HIV, it is important to get information from people who are also living with their condition—making digital storytelling an important outreach tool to promote health and wellness.
For National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NGMHAAD), we share Positive Spin, which highlights the true personal experiences of five HIV-positive, gay black men who have successfully navigated the HIV care continuum, from diagnosis to treatment and, ultimately, to viral suppression. Their stories demonstrate that people with HIV who get treatment can live longer, healthier lives and reduce their chances of transmitting the virus.
On National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the impact of HIV on gay and bisexual men remains disproportionately high. But storytelling is a great way to share experiences, encourage others to speak up and defy stigma, and promote HIV testing and treatment. Here are 3 quick steps to sharing your HIV experience by using #mypositivespin .