MTV launches "Me, Myself and HIV" film on AIDS day

Wed Dec 1, 2010 7:00am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - The head of MTV's AIDS charity was nervous about launching this year's World AIDS Day campaign without a celebrity, but decided to put her faith in two personal tales told by unknown youngsters.

The music channel is airing an hour-long television documentary "Me, Myself and HIV," which follows the lives of 25-year-old U.S. college student Angelikah and 21-year-old aspiring musician Slim from Zambia. Both are living with HIV.

"It's the first time that Staying Alive has done self-related reality, and I was very much influenced by some of the strong MTV programing like 'Teen Mom'," said Georgia Arnold who helped create the Staying Alive Foundation in 2004.

"I was very nervous about not having a celebrity, as distribution is often driven by the fact that there is a celebrity hosting it," she told Reuters ahead of World AIDS Day on Wednesday.

"But I think this program is so strong because of the two voices - Slim and Angelikah.

"Celebrities are fantastic and have a role to play in all this, but the real voices of young people living with HIV are turning people on to the issue."

Both of the featured youngsters go into some of the complications of living with HIV, but also share the positive message that people with the infection can lead full lives.

The show follows Angelikah and her boyfriend Taylor, who is HIV negative, as he gets himself tested, and the couple discuss how they can enjoy a normal sex life as long as they take the necessary precautions.

She has not told everyone at college about her condition and recounts to one fellow student how she fell out with her best friend who blamed her for ending up with HIV.   Continued...