Carlos’ HIV story: Described video
(Live action testimonial video featuring a man named Carlos.)
(Opening upbeat music playing.)
(Carlos dressed in colourful traditional clothing walking on a sidewalk in an urban setting.)
(Medium shot of Carlos seated in a living room speaking directly to camera followed by montage of him walking outdoors in an urban setting.)
When you hear people living with HIV talking about U = U, it’s tears of joy. At the end of the day, there is hope. My name is Carlos. I’ve been living in Toronto for the last 13 years.
(Montage of shots of Carols in his home while his voice is heard off camera.)
Back home in Ivory Coast, there was a huge stigma around HIV. We couldn’t talk about that at all. When you heard that someone was dying from AIDS, you could feel the silence in the neighbourhood. I got diagnosed in April 2012.
(Back to medium shot of Carlos in living room speaking directly to camera.)
In January 2013, January 2nd, actually, I started my treatment.
(Upbeat music begins playing again.)
(Montage of various shots of Carlos standing outside on the balcony of an apartment.)
Text on screen: The only way to know your status is to get tested.
So, when I went for the first check in, my doctor told me that I was undetectable.
(Montage of a series of shots of Carlos, seated in living room speaking directly to camera and standing on his balcony while his voice is heard off camera.)
Text on screen: Treatment prevents the transmission of HIV.
Not everybody living with HIV is aware of what U = U is. The research proves that, if you take your medication, you reach the level where you cannot transmit the virus to your sexual partners.
It’s something that would change my life as a person living with HIV.
(Montage of various shots of Carlos leaving his apartment and walking outdoors in an urban neighborhood.)
Text on screen: People with HIV on treatment can live long and health lives. U = U (undetectable = untransmittable).
Now with U = U, the way I interact with people, it just gives you a sense of rejuvenation. You feel this kind of fresh air. You don’t feel stress when you wake up in the morning and your HIV status crosses your mind. All this stress, all this negative environment, it disappeared, and a major thing that put me there, at that level, it’s U = U. It’s a huge transformation.
(Back to Carlos seated in living room speaking directly to camera.)
The fear of being stigmatized, completely disappeared.
(Close up of AIDS Memorial plaque, and Carlos walking through a memorial site.)
When you reach that point, the way you felt heavy, it’s the way...
(Cut to close-up of Carlos smiling to camera.)
...you feel so light that it’s like you can fly.
Text on screen: Get the facts about HIV. Together, let’s stop stigma. Visit Canada.ca/hiv.
A message from the Government of Canada.
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