Young & HIV Positive: MTV and Dr. Drew Premiere Special on World AIDS Day

by Chanel Cathey, Viacom

In honor of World AIDS Day, MTV and Dr. Drew will premiere, “I’m Positive,” a 60-minute special about three young people who are living with HIV, on December 1st at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, with a simulcast on MTV Tr3s. Follow Stephanie, Kelly and Otis as they document some of the struggles of living with the virus and battling stigma.

“I’m honored to team with MTV to shine a spotlight on the important topic of young people living with HIV/AIDS,” Dr. Drew said. “Through accurate portrayals and powerful storytelling, ‘I’m Positive’ will raise awareness, decrease stigma and hopefully enhance healthy behaviors.”

 After the special airs, Dr. Drew will sit down with Kelly, Otis and Stephanie in front of a small studio audience to discuss their experiences and address how young people can protect themselves. This post-show segment will air exclusively on

 Did you know that 2 out of every 5 new HIV infections in the U.S. are among those who are between the ages of 13-29? This special hopes to encourage young people to be informed; speak out; use protection and get tested.  “I’m Positive” is presented as a component of the GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign which was launched with the Kaiser Family Foundation in April 2009 to respond to the increasing rates of sexually transmitted diseases among young people.  

 This World AIDS Day – whether HIV positive or HIV negative – think about what you can do to stop the spread of the virus and join the conversation on twitter at #positivetalk. For more on “I’m Positive,” as well as information about HIV/AIDS, and to find local testing services, go to


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  1. I started crying when I saw this preview on a commercial. I was recently diagnosed with HIV… It’s changed my life completely. I’m very depressed. I have many skin problems now. My whole face is a rash. It burns badly. I’m unable to go to work because of the pain, and the horrific look it has. I’m starting to lose hope. I feel like I’m alone. I found out right after my 21st birthday. I’ve also been allergic to two of the medications they put me on. Now this new medicine makes me sick to my stomachs. Three pills two times a day every day. I’m just so sad and lonely and depressed and disgusted. I can hardly get out of bed. I just want to wake up from this never ending nightmare. I feel I was born to suffer in pain, it’s just unreal and not fair. I really hope this show can give me some hope . Thanks, Jacob

  2. Thank you so much for your post Jacob. I hope that you were able to watch MTV’s ‘I’m Positive’ and you found a connection to the experiences profiled. I watched the documentary and thought their stories were honest and inspiring. You are not alone and I encourage you to continue to stay engaged online at: We can work together to spread awareness!

  3. Jacob I am so so sorry. I wish you had an email address so I could write you more. I can only imagine what you’re going through. I hope you can come to grips with what’s happening and end up okay. If its worth anything ill be thinking about you and sending you good thoughts. You’re not alone so please be as strong as you can. Easy for me to say but it’s all I can do on a random comment board on the Internet.

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