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Why More AIDS-Centered Movies Are Coming Out


Same Same But Different. Philadelphia. Beats Per Minute. Dallas Buyers Club. The Normal Heart. What do you think these movies have in common?

Well, their central focus is AIDS and how it affects the lives of people who have contracted it.

I cannot call it a trend, but it seems like producers, directors, and writers are getting bolder than ever when it comes to the movies they make. There have been films with a lot of sexual content that appear on the silver screen, yes. You may have also seen gory and extremely violent movies. However, a sexually transmitted disease like AIDS is such a sensitive matter that people used to stay away from in the past. Even if there were several movies about them in the 80s, people hardly paid attention to them.

The reason for the latter is that HIV/AIDS was a taboo topic for decades. No one wanted to talk about it as if merely uttering the words would give them the disease. As you would see in most movies, the individuals who got tested positive lost everything, including their job and their family and friends. As a result, they tend to lose themselves, too.

“Many people believe that AIDS put an end to the sexual revolution, but this perception sidesteps an acknowledgement of the underlying factors which had already undermined the a real revolution in sexual values and overshadows more pervasive threats to our sexual health,” writes Deborah Anapol Ph.D.

The thing is, the 21st-century movies about AIDS are starting to thrive and become known now. They may never be as popular as sci-fi films, but they gain a new audience every time a similar flick comes out.

Why, you may ask?


More People Are Beginning To Care About AIDS Patients

The primary reason I can think of is that there is a growing number of AIDS-free individuals who care about people with a sexually transmitted disease. They may be empathic; they want to know how to act around AIDS positive folks. So, the best way to learn that is by watching a movie that revolves around the condition.

“Empathy promotes helping behaviors. Not only are you more likely to engage in helpful behaviors when you feel empathy for other people; other people are also more likely to help you when they experience empathy,” writes Kendra Cherry, MS.

The Characters Are Relatable

Although it’s sad, the truth is that more people are living with HIV/AIDS now than in the past. What’s worse is that the age range continues to expand as kids and teenagers contract this disease as well. There is no way out of this situation, but they at least find solace in seeing what the characters in the movies have done to make their life worthwhile.


People Want To Learn How To Prevent Getting AIDS

Another reason why AIDS-centered films are no longer shunned away is that people want to know how they can avoid contracting the illness. After all, the story usually shows the life of the ill character before and after testing positive for AIDS. When you focus on the former, you will figure out what not to do, such as having unprotected sex with multiple partners.

Final Thoughts

It feels liberating to realize that the world is opening up individuals living with AIDS. The silver screen is one of the many tools to demonstrate that. It may be small, but the fact that filmmakers in various countries – not only in the US – use it can make a significant impact on society.

“Using techniques that address a client’s intersectional identities may be vital in developing a strong therapeutic alliance and providing a safe space for clients while also demonstrating cultural competence,” writes Kevin L. Nadal, PhD, and David P. Rivera, MS.

Let’s continue supporting AIDS-centered movies!

How To Turn Your Life Around After Feeling Like Ending It


Many people who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS a few decades ago have had to live in isolation“A significant subset of men and women who are HIV-positive experience social rejection from family, from loved-ones (and) from partners, and those experiences of discrimination and rejection can really play out in difficult ways,” says Peter Vanable Ph.D, a professor and chair of psychology at Syracuse University.

No one understands the disease at the time, you see. All they know is that it is a transmittable illness and that being around a patient will cause them to acquire it, too. Of course, the virus does not work like that, but there is not enough information about the condition before. So, getting depressed to the extent of attempting suicide used to be common back then.

In the modern age, things have moved forward significantly. People have already realized that they cannot contract HIV even if they hug a patient or kiss them on the cheek. Instead of ridiculing the latter, therefore, they welcome friends or family members who have been diagnosed with the disease.


Now, even though there may not be a lot of individuals who feel isolated due to HIV/AIDS, some still think about ending their life at times. The typical reason is the fact that the disease eats away at their immune system. Because of that, viruses from all directions are quick to attack their bodies. No matter how many vitamins they take every day, coughs, colds, and other illnesses continue to persist. It is as if there will never be a day when they can revel at how healthy they are.

Without trying to invalidate your emotions, life will always be too beautiful to end with a rope or a slit on the wrist. Know the symptoms of depression, know the symptoms of anxiety, so you know what’s happening to you,” says Melissa Lopez, MFT.  ”You have to be proactive to prevent another, deeper cycle of depression,” You are having HIV/AIDS will not change that. Here’s what to think about to stop wanting to end it.

You Have Unfulfilled Dreams

The minimum age limit for the patients continues to decrease every year as more kids subject themselves to unprotected sex. What it entails is that a teenager can have HIV/AIDS right now and maybe finding it challenging to inform their parents about it. There may be a young man who keeps on hiding all the medicine they need to take to (hopefully) counter the vi rus.

Even if you are 15 or 50, you will always be too young to die. Dreams do not end at a certain age. For sure, you still have plenty of unfulfilled dreams at the moment. Focus on fulfilling them instead of looking for a quick way out. “You are growing, learning, and so worthy of your amazing goal. If you have a dream in your heart, I fully believe it is planted in your heart because it is yours to be and to have,” says Wanda Krause, PhD.

You Cannot Ascend To Heaven If You Take Your Life

Whether you are religious or not, you may always want to go to heaven instead of hell when you pass away. The thought of being among the angels and living without pain is more exciting than the idea of getting tortured every day. You may think that you have experienced hell on earth, after all, so it is understandable if you want to seek peace when your soul departs.

We are not experts about heaven and hell, but based on what we’ve heard, you cannot ascend to heaven if you take your life. God has given it to you, so He is the only one who can reclaim it.


Final Thoughts

The topic is honestly saddening because it happens all the time all over the globe. The more people get diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, the more the suicide rates continue to rise. We can only hope that this blog will deter you from doing the same thing if you have been dealt with the same cards.

Good luck!

Dealing With Rejection After Revealing Your Disease To People


Hearing a specialist confirm that you have AIDS tends to make you wonder about a lot of things that you may have never thought of before. For instance, “Can I sit in the subway without people figuring out that I have a sexually transmitted disease?” “Is it okay for me to kiss my parents on the cheeks like I used to do?” “Can I hug my nieces and nephews without passing on the illness to them?” In short, AIDS can push a confident individual to doubt everything that they can or cannot do regularly.

The silver lining when it comes to acquiring AIDS in the 21st century is that disease-free people are more accommodating to the ill ones than ever. Most of them do not feel isolated and even have friends to defend or support them in times of need. Others get invited to become a public speaker and talk about social awareness regarding AIDS prevention. They are highly credible to do the latter because: a) they know how awful it can be to have AIDS, and b) they can teach life lessons to everyone based on their experience.

Despite all that, the individuals who have this sexually transmitted disease are not exempted from rejection. Sometimes, jobs and dates turn them away. Other times, their families cannot accept the fact that they have AIDS.

“Rejected LGB youth were 8.4 times more likely to have tried to commit suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression, 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs, and 3.4 times more likely to have risky sex,” writes Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS.

It is impossible to sugarcoat how sad it feels to get rejected by the people who are supposed to support you, but that’s life. All you can do is deal with rejection after revealing your disease to people. Here are a few tips on what to do.


Avoid Listening To Ridicules

The first thing is to stop absorbing the negative words that your bashers throw at you. You already know how negatively they feel about you. They may have expressed it in front of your face several times, and their ridicules have always hurt you. So, try not to be a masochist by staying idle when they start saying mean stuff about you. Retreat and look for other genuine people instead. It may also help to seek support from online counseling apps like BetterHelp. Or instead, you can focus your attention on bettering yourself by watching helpful and healing YouTube videos.

“A crisis such as this may give them permission to have and express these feelings,” Edward Dunbar, PhD, says. “People who have had painful experiences and no opportunities to heal tend to be more hostile in general, and they more easily channel their hostility toward groups the society is also against.”

Be Okay With The Reality That Not Everyone Will Understand

Even if your illness may not be AIDS, people are ready to give their negative opinions if you do something that’s out of the norm. For instance, you drop out of college on your last semester to become a freelancer. You start dating right after splitting with your boyfriend. Not everyone will be supportive because they do not understand how your life works, and that’s nothing to get frazzled about.



Seek Support From Groups

In case your family and friends no longer want to get associated with you, you can seek support from non-profit organizations. Having trained counselors by your side who will guide you throughout can help you cope with feelings of rejection and loneliness. They are the ones who are spreading AIDS awareness and helping the patients live freely in society.  For sure, they will not hesitate to take you in if you ask.

“Social support networks are key to preventing HIV transmission, to professional caregivers, to immediate family members providing direct care, in the bereavement process following AIDS-related death, and for the HIV-positive individual,” writes David H. Whitcomb, PhD.

Final Thoughts

Getting rejected after revealing that you have AIDS can usually feel like death. You may get depressed and think that no one will love you anymore. You may not be able to stop replaying the ridicules that keep on rolling in your direction. However, you should not dwell on such ill feelings because you need all your strength to survive with this disease.

Good luck!

Helping A Loved One With HIV – Suggestions From Therapists

We all know that HIV is a sexually transmitted virus that attacks our immune system, leaving us without protection from other illnesses. There is a lot of misconception about HIV, and one of them is that HIV cannot be treated. That is false information. HIV can be prevented and treated, but if left without medication, our immune system will get weaker and weaker until we can no longer fight off viruses. It can lead to severe diseases. This can also lead to AIDS, and that would be a bigger problem. So, what happens when you find out that your loved one is HIV positive? It will be hard to grasp. With that therapists have some suggestions.

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