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 MTV.com.
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 ImPositive.mtv.com.