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Dennis Sifris, MD and James Myhre

"You've Got This" Spotlights Personal HIV Testing Experiences

By February 24, 2014

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One of the reasons we were so taken with Josh Robbin's activist blog, @imstilljosh, was the short video he posted on his homepage, whereby he films himself preparing to receive his HIV test results and soon after gets the news that he is, in fact, HIV positive.

No matter how numbed or apathetic one might be to HIV in 2014, it would take one hard heart not to respond to that video, or relive his or her own experiences through it.

It is why sharing stories is so important to changing attitudes about HIV, providing those newly infected with the disease (or less able to cope) a sense of encouragement, while alleviating the stigma that prevent thousands from getting tested every year.

Healthline, the San Francisco-based health information network, recently launched the You've Got This initiative in support of the Timothy Ray Brown Foundation (TRBF), designed to encourage people with HIV to video their experience about what it was like to first hear that they were HIV positive.

Once a video is uploaded onto YouTube, participants can submit then to Healthline for review. For every video accepted, Healthline will donate $10 to TRBF.

The Timothy Ray Brown Foundation was established in 2012 as part of the privately held, Washington D.C.-based World AIDS Institute. Brown, the first person considered cured of HIV following an experimental stem cell transplant in 2009, is today considered a symbol of hope for many believe that a cure is within grasp.

Complete video submission guidelines can be found on the You've Got This page at Healthline.com.

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