ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, Amazon’s Transparent, and Showtime’s Shameless are the only scripted series on television to include HIV-positive characters. Both How to Get Away with Murder and Shameless educated audiences on relationships between serodiscordant couples (one partner who is HIV-positive, with one partner who is HIV-negative), featuring conversations about the HIV prevention medication PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, a pill taken once a day to prevent HIV infection) and establishing guidelines for their romantic relationships.
Oxygen’s The Prancing Elites Project includes dance team member Kareem Davis, who is HIV-positive. HBO’s Looking: The Movie featured the wedding of a serodiscordant couple, Eddie (Daniel Franzese) and Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez). HBO documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures explores the life and photography of gay artist Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989.
Nominated for Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia, “No Access: Youth, Black & Positive” of Tonic.Vice.com explored the disproportionate impact of HIV on black gay and bisexual men in the U.S. South.
The Nation earned a nod for “HIV Mystery: Solved?” by Tim Murphy, an article on increasing access to PrEP for black gay and bisexual men. SFChronicle.com’s “Last Men Standing: AIDS Survivors Still Fighting for Their Lives,” by Erin Allday, featured several elder gay men who have been living with HIV for decades.
Two Outstanding Blog nominees, My Fabulous Disease and I’m Still Josh, focus on HIV status and advocacy.
Since its foundation, GLAAD has worked to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment. In 2015, GLAAD and The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation released a public service announcement (PSA) in an effort to reignite the passion and action needed to beat the HIV and AIDS epidemic. GLAAD has also created a guide for reporting HIV & AIDS-related stories in the news to help end the negative stigma associated with the disease. Click here to learn more about GLAAD’s HIV resources.
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