The AIDS Library has a large collection of personal stories of folks living with HIV – and some not about HIV, but about related issues: coming out, addiction, incarceration, etc. I’ve listed some highlights below.
After each listing, I made a demographic note about the author or subject, unless it was obvious from the title (and insofar as I could discern it – I’m not going to claim that I’ve read all these books myself). I did this on the grounds that people are often interested in reading the stories of people with whom they identify personally. This is of course not intended to pigeonhole any of the books below, or to assume that our clients have self-centered reading interests. Rather it’s to help people get efficiently to the information they want.
*Indicates the book is new to the AIDS Library collection.
Autobiographies & Memoirs
Biographies & Profiles
Many of our movies have personal stories weaved in to their larger narratives, but these are a few that seem like they might be particularly inspirational.
The Library also has a binder of Role Model Stories collected by PHMC. These are 1-2 page personal narratives about topics like HIV/AIDS, addiction, condom negotiation, pregnancy, and more. They are housed in a binder that sits on the back desk of the library.
Personal Stories on the Web
The Body.com has a series of webpages collecting Inspiring Stories of People Affected by HIV/AIDS from all over the web. It’s sorted by population:
The Body.com also hosts
POZ.com has a page of personal stories about being diagnosed with HIV, Think Positive, and a Spanish version, Piensa Positivo.
The website The Positive Project is a great collection of shorter video clips of people infected and affected by HIV. It has multiple videos of 85 separate people (and counting). Users can sort by population, but also by topics such as “finding out,” “medical care,” “disclosure,” and “social life.” If you wanted, say, videos of HIV+ African-American women talking about parenting issues, you would find 23 clips from 9 separate women!
There are many other websites with personal stories about living with HIV/AIDS. Here are links directly to stories from:
Tell Your Story
Over the summer of 2010, the AIDS Library offered a pilot program of a class that we’re planning to offer in 2011: Digital Storytelling. Five people told a piece of their personal stories using words and pictures. You can see the results at the AIDS Library YouTube page. If folks would like to get on a list to be included in these classes, they should can contact the Library (215-985-4851) and fill out a registration form. They’ll be contacted as soon as the class is available.
The following websites allow people to submit their story for publication. Each organization has its own requirements, though, so folks should check these links to see what needs to be done to get published.