generations HIV



SPECIAL NOTE : On June 5th, 2015, the Generations HIV Online Video Archive went live. Read the Op-Ed written by Executive Producer Marc Smolowitz that was published to coincide with the launch, which was also the 2nd annual National HIV/AIDS Longterm Survivors Awareness Day.

In 2010, The HIV Story Project created the interactive Generations HIV Video Storytelling Booth. It functions like a photo booth but instead of taking pictures, it records video testimonies about people’s experiences living with HIV/AIDS.

Generations HIV focuses on how people from different generations were affected by HIV/AIDS and on encouraging communication between them. For that purpose, the booth software divides participants into 4 age groups: the generation that grew up before AIDS (until the Seventies); when AIDS first appeared and in the early days (1980s); during the epidemic’s peak in the US (the 1990s); and in the beginning of the 21st Century when the disease has become treatable.

The program then offers visitors 3 pathways of participation:

1. They can record a question geared towards a specific generation based on the above outlined 4 decades. For example: A 20-year old may want to ask someone who grew up in the 1980s what it was like to live during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
2. They can choose to listen to questions posed by other booth users and record their answer.
3. They can simply record their story.

All content recorded is reviewed and tagged by our staff, stored on the cloud, and then added to the larger repository of videos.

Click here to visit the online archive, which launched on June 5, 2015.

To date Generations HIV has been staged numerous times: in San Francisco and Oakland, CA and in Washington, DC during the 2012 World AIDS Conference collecting a total of over 1200 videos representing individuals from all walks of life. Every time the booth was on display, The HIV Story Project has brought together a lively slate of sponsors, supporters, and community/nonprofit partners that have been actively involved in the development and outreach of this storytelling experiment, including organizations like Under One Roof, Desert AIDS Project, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Project 360/UCSF, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, SF Pride, Castro Lions, AIDS 2012: World AIDS Conference, City & County of San Francisco Dept. of Public Health, The AIDS Memorial Quilt, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Shanti, SF Eagle, CAL-PEP, East Bay AIDS Advocacy Foundation, Get Screened Oakland, Office on Women’s Health, La Clínica, Allen Temple, AHP and many others. We thank all of our sponsors and partners for their support. For a complete list, click here.

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