IN THIS IMPASSIONED, VULNERABLE TALK, VITOR SHARES HIS OWN PERSONAL HIV JOURNEY. BY LEANING INTO THE POWER OF STORIES TO BE PART OF A GLOBAL SOLUTION, HE COURAGEOUSLY ENGAGES THE AUDIENCE TO JOIN HIM BY CHALLENGING STIGMAS AND ASSUMPTIONS.

ENORMOUS STRIDES HAVE BEEN MADE IN HIV TREATMENT, CARE, AND PREVENTION SINCE THE EPIDEMIC BEGAN 40 YEARS AGO. HIV WAS ONCE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, BUT BECAUSE OF SCIENTIFIC ADVANCES, FEWER PEOPLE ARE BECOMING INFECTED WITH HIV, AND THOSE WHO DO ARE LIVING LONGER AND HEALTHIER LIVES.

 

DESPITE THE ADVANCEMENTS IN HIV PREVENTION AND CARE, STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION CONTINUE TO STAND IN THE WAY OF COMPLETELY STOPPING THE SPREAD OF HIV. VITOR HAS DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO ENDING STIGMA AND STOPPING THE SPREAD, ONCE AND FOR ALL.