A gay vlogger is shining a spotlight on the stigma that continues to affect those living with HIV.
Michael Rizzi, a 21-year-old YouTube personality widely known for his "strange addiction" to the exclamatory word "yaaaaass," is taking a more serious note in a recent project.
In the video "Living With HIV Stigma," Rizzi spoke to five men and one woman who are HIV-positive about the social hurdles they face on a daily basis.
"Living with people's perceptions of what it means to be HIV-positive" remains a real struggle, says one interviewee. Subjects point to ignorance about testing, treatment, and the virus itself as real battles they may face in everyday conversations.
The video was released just prior to World AIDS Day, an event held December 1 that supports those living with HIV and commemorates those who died of an AIDS-related illness.
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