In a new video, a writer makes us appreciate being born at a time when having HIV is not a death sentence.
Tyler Curry is a writer and photographer from Texas: in his video, entitled The Face of HIV/AIDS: Then and Now, he says he’s fortunate to be born at a time when HIV doesn’t prevent him from living his life.
In the video, Curry draws a link between his own life and the AIDS crisis: ‘I was born in 1983: one month before the HIV virus was identified.
‘At that time that virus was known as a gay cancer, but there were some that survived. They were known as the lucky ones.’
Curry’s shocking makeup depicts someone in the later stages of AIDS, with multiple Karposi’s sarcomas visible on his face. Someone with AIDS today is much less likely to face such a problem.
Curry himself was diagnosed in 2012 with HIV. In the video he tells how, rather than fearing for his life, he was concerned with: ‘finding someone to love, and more importantly, finding someone to have sex with.’
The video was produced by HIV Equal: a multimedia campaign which fights HIV stigma and promotes HIV testing. It describes itself as a ‘social art movement’.
Watch the video below: