I'm still here: my HIV life

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Health Care

When John was diagnosed with HIV in 1990, he never would have imagined he would still be alive today to celebrate his 50th birthday. 

Twenty-three years later, he views his life with the sense of appreciation and perspective that can only come from someone forced to face his own mortality. “My life is a lot different,” he says, “but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

In this special WUOT documentary presentation, you'll meet John, Bob, Rhonda, Annisa and Ron.  All five have lived for years within the shadow cast by this deadly disease.  All five have emerged from the experience to share a compelling story of pain, rejection, resilience and hope.   

Listen to the documentary here.


"I'm Still Here: My HIV Life" was produced by Matt Shafer Powell and Leslie Snow.  

Original music was composed, recorded and mixed by Todd Steed.  This program would not have been possible without invaluable support and assistance from Steve Jenkins, Leslie Blevins and Lindsey Richesin at Positively Living in Knoxville.  Positively Living is a not-for-profit social service agency that provides housing and care for persons that are homeless and suffering with HIV/AIDS. 

And special thanks to our participants, who trusted us with their stories in the interest of making life better for others with HIV and AIDS. 

Click here to listen to our special episode of Dialogue featuring Annisa and Bob (recorded 11.06.13)

Matt Shafer Powell

Matt Shafer Powell manages the news department at WUOT in Knoxville, Tennessee. A two­-time national Murrow Award winner, Powell is an audio junkie who has spent time as a disc jockey, news reporter, writer/producer of commercials and sound ­recording engineer. He created TruckBeat's sister project at WUOT, Tenn Words

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