When people view your video diary or your microfilm, what specifically do you hope to EXPOSE them to about your life and HIV?

Katrina's Answer
Normalcy! One of the reasons, I decided to make my Exposed video in the gym is I wanted other people with HIV  to see that HIV does not have to keep you from your regularly scheduled activities– I work out, I do yoga, I perform, I go to work everyday, I date, I have friends, and I love to have fun and be silly. Living with HIV and being an advocate for people like me has not changed who I am at my core. I try a little harder to take care of myself by eating healthy, working out, seeing a therapist when life feels a little hard, and striving for a work life balance all while taking 1 extra pill a day. HIV was not a game ender for for me, but it was a game changer. My diagnosis helped me reevaluate my life and I was able to use this BIG change to refocus my energies and my passions into things that made me happy. I moved, I did not change professions but I refocused my career, and I even used it as an opportunity to think about what I really wanted from my romantic relationships. When the videographer  taping my workout asked what I wanted to expose people to, the first thing that came to mind was optimism and opportunity.  A favorite quote of mine from Jesse Jackson reverberates with me in regards to exposure and I want to share it with all of you. When he was asked what he saw when he was running for election in 1988 he said:
“I see joy in the morning! I see victory. So hold your head high. Let your hope expand so the children can feel it like the rising sun. When the sun comes out in the springtime, flowers blossom, eggs crack open, chickens start talking their chicken talk–hope is alive! Everything in the universe starts to stir when there is hope in the air! We got too much experience, already seen too much, to ever be pessimistic, we know there is honey in the rock, we know that joy cometh in the morning.”


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