to Help Others
Avoid HIV/AIDS by Sharing Personal Stories
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication
Programs (JHU/CCP) is assisting an out-of-town videographer in
production of a documentary about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Baltimore
Funded by a national foundation, the project seeks to include
a series of
inspirational personal testimonials and appearances at local events
of a community outreach program. The goal is to encourage HIV
among those who engage in risky behaviors, and to inspire persons
with AIDS to maintain treatment.
For this purpose, we are looking for dramatic examples of people
who are HIV
positive and have not only survived physically and emotionally,
but who are
interested in helping others though their personal testimonials
activities. It's a chance to inspire other people living with
educate the general public, and hopefully prevent the further
spread of the
Specifically, we are searching for two examples that somewhat
A gay man (MSM) 20-50 years old, preferably African American,
who at one
time may have been "on the down low" but has now "come
out of the closet"
and is successfully coping with the stigma and realities of being
individual could become a role model to others with self-image
of confidence and fear of stigma. The ideal participant will be
poised, professionally employed, and in a long term committed
Someone who has been an injecting drug user and became infected
from sharing contaminated needles. Preferably, but not necessarily,
age 20-40, Caucasian, and successfully completed a drug treatment
Their life has been seriously altered by illegal drugs and HIV,
but they are
determined to "stay clean" and rebuild. They may have
relapsed in the past
but this time they believe they will make it.
If you know anyone who even vaguely fits the descriptions above,
them send an e-mail to Patricia Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
410-659-6289. Ask them to complete the brief form attached and
send reply by
e-mail or fax (410-659-6266) by Tuesday July 22nd.
All information will be treated confidentially and not revealed
other than the project team without permission. A written consent
be required to participate in the video which enables selected
to receive a one-time monetary compensation for appearance in
the video, and
additional payments for each personal appearance. It should be
that some personal appearances at local events would be expected
as part of
a community outreach program associated with this project.
Be sure to include contact information in the form attached so
potential candidates can be scheduled for interviews sometime
in the next
Thank you for your assistance with this worthwhile project. Your
and/or participation will hopefully contribute to our mutual goal
stopping the spread of HIV in Baltimore.
Baltimore HIV/AIDS Video Contact Information
(Please complete as much information as possible)
Please provide a brief description of the personal story that
would be inspirational to include in this video.
Thank you for your interest. All information submitted would be
confidentially. You will be contacted for an interview if chosen
producer for consideration.
If you have questions regarding the article please try to contact
the appropriate organization. In case your question was not answered,
you're welcome to contact SAIM via email: email@example.com