HIV & the arts

Below are links to information or articles about recent theatre, films, TV, books, and music that explore the ongoing stories and experiences of living with HIV. Please feel free to make suggestions about additions to this list.

MurderPrEP Goes Primetime

By Tyler Curry for

Last season, ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, left its fans reeling when it was revealed that Connor’s on-again, off-again boyfriend Oliver was diagnosed with HIV. It was the twist that many fans didn’t see coming, since Connor was the ultimate bad boy while nerdy-cute Oliver was the commitment type. It was shocking. It was refreshing. And it was the first time in a long time that the topic of HIV has been discussed on primetime television… (read more)



A new book for children, launched by +UNAIDS and the UN World Tourism Organization.
Two friends, Kendi and Kayla, show that HIV is no barrier to friendship and, by taking medicine, children living with HIV can lead healthy lives.


Dallas Buyers Club

On the heels of two worthy AIDS documentaries comes this new Hollywood blockbuster that may just take home an Oscar.
By Mark S. King November 01 2013


Living With the Past by Tim Murphy, June 17, 2013

Terrence McNally talks about his new AIDS memory play Mothers and Sons—and about the history he’s witnessed in his 74 years.

aids-ResearchnotHysteriaAP8306270128-(1)_0AIDS in New York: The First Five Years

June 07, 2013 – September 15, 2013

AIDS in New York: The First Five Years

will explore the impact of the epidemic on personal lives, public health and medical practices, culture, and politics in New York City and the nation. Drawing from the archives of the New York Public Library, New York University, and the National Archive of LGBT History, the show will use posters, photographs, and artifacts to tell the story of the early years of AIDS in New York.


Art2Tyler Perry’s ‘Temptation’ Shamefully Stigmatizes People With HIV

by Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check – April 7, 2013 – 10:27 pm
Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, which was the #3 grossing movie last week, apparently presents HIV not only as if it’s some kind of karmic punishment for female sexual misbehavior, but also as if having the virus makes a woman permanently unlovable and asexual.

ARTS1How to Survive a Plague: Sundance Film Review

by David Rooney

The Bottom Line – A major addition to the body of work chronicling the AIDS epidemic, this is a passionate account of the hard-won breakthrough in making HIV a manageable condition.

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