After 30 years, HIV is still on the rise among young adults. That’s why out actor/filmmaker Charlie David (Mulligans, Dante’s Cove) says he made Positive Youth, a new documentary premiering May 19 on Logo.
“I felt there was a huge disconnect in public awareness about the advancements in HIV medication and research,” said David. ”We made this documentary to educate those who know little of HIV, shed light on the rise of infection among today’s youth, give hope to people living with HIV and let them know that they are not alone.” At the same time, the film reminds viewers that HIV is not the walk in the park many young people seem to think it is.
Positive Youth follows four HIV-infected teens and twentysomethings in various North American cities as they deal with both their illness and the stigma associated with the virus. “We now have the tools to turn things around. Medication plays a key role in prevention and living a long life,” says DJ Austin Head, one of those profiled in the film. “There are still a lot of people who don’t know they have options and I wanted to be a part of this film to help share that story.”
Positive Youth airs on Saturday, May 19, at 8pm EST on Logo.