A much-needed holistic approach to HIV and AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean is being held back by stigma and insufficient resources

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09/20/2023

“I was diagnosed with HIV six years ago and it was a very tough time for me emotionally. It was very challenging, and I spent about a year and a half with serious depression, going through very difficult moments emotionally,” says Juan de La Mar, a Colombian filmmaker and director of the documentary De Gris A POSITHIVO (From Grey to POSTIHIVE), a work in which he captures his own experience with HIV, using art as therapy and a tool to challenge and unravel deep-rooted stereotypes. “I felt I was in limbo, that I was too afraid of dying, that I wasn’t doing much, that I was stagnating, and I wasn’t able to shake off this sense of fear, guilt and unease. Then, because I had seen how art had changed other people’s lives, I wanted to do the same for myself,” he recalls.

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