Our newest endeavor, HIVoices®, is a storytelling project intended to raise awareness and amplify communication between members of our own community who live daily with HIV and the people in their world who too often aren’t fully aware of the illness’s impact on their lives. Supportive and well-meaning physicians, nurses, other care providers, and even family members frequently don’t fully comprehend the personal toll of this disease.
The project is a joint effort between Falcon Theatre, the Northern Kentucky Health Department, the Cincinnati Health Network, and AIDS Volunteers of Northern Kentucky.
In 2016, six persons living with HIV from Northern Kentucky were interviewed about the illness and its personal impact. The interviews were transcribed and molded into a series of monologues. The stories represent the diverse experiences of those who have fully integrated the disease into their lives. The monologues capture a broad range of moods and emotions as they portray the spirit of those living with HIV.
As HIVoices® continues to grow, our goal is to include stories from people of many ages, ethnicities and walks of life. Not only will future stories include a more diverse group of people with HIV, they will also tell the stories of care-givers and family members who have been affected by the disease.
The spoken introduction to the HIVoices® program captures the essence and passion of the work. Read it here: