Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Stigma Stops With Me

Today I attended a lecture hosted by the FIU School of Journalism & Mass Communications about HIV/AIDS prevention. The school participated in an initiative to bring attention to the local resurgence of the disease (especially among minorities) and a group of students recently traveled to South Africa to observe the disease first hand. Recently, the school joined with the Miami Herald to provide students with the opportunity to publish their work in a major news publication.

A group of students followed the life of Damaries Cruz, an HIV patient who speaks out about her condition and encourages people to get tested. THe students published a web series entitled "The Stigma Stops With Me". The entire 4-part piece is only about 10 minutes long, but it's worth watching. Damaries was an inspiration to all the students in attendance, and her work is a testament to how much HIV/AIDS prevention and research is still needed.

Please watch, and get tested!

Part 1: "This is Your Mission"
Part 2: "This is My Personal Choice"
Part 3: "Stop the Stigma"
Part 4: "Get Tested and Re-tested"

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