Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infects the immune system, rendering it ineffective and leading to opportunistic infections and potentially AIDS. Recent advances in treatment are allowing children who contracted HIV at birth to live into adulthood, creating a new and unique patient population for healthcare givers. VIA’s focus on HIV allowed a small group of adolescents to share the realities of their lives with HIV. They showed everyday life events such as eating meals and going to work, as well as health-related scenes including taking medication, doctors’ visits, and hospitalizations. At other times, they set up their cameras to speak candidly about their accomplishments, hopes, and fears.

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