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HIV talk - 35 million people have lost their lives to HIV since the 1980s, but medical advances mean that you can live a normal life with your HIV diagnosis if you are in treatment. 

Even so, HIV infection is met with an incredible number of prejudices, which means that many people today keep their diagnosis hidden, even from relatives. 

Through this podcast from HIV-Denmark, you will get a better understanding of what it is like to live with HIV and why someone keeps their disease hidden, and then you will also become wiser about how the horror stories of the 80s still affect prejudice to this day.

Cast: Mads Christian Heede, Michael Alexander Eckmann and Mads Harald Staugård.

HIV Talk

Track NameArtist Name
00:00 / 01:04

Melissa got HIV from her first boyfriend when she was 21 years old. She was ashamed.


Today, she has chosen to be open about her diagnosis and lives a life like most peers. She has become a mother.

Hear more about HIV, about Melissa's life, her thoughts on meeting new boyfriends, about deciding to have a child even though she has HIV.

The Story of Melissa

Track NameArtist Name
00:00 / 01:04

Episode 1 G

Track NameArtist Name
00:00 / 01:04

Melissa got HIV from her first boyfriend when she was 21 years old. She was ashamed.

Today, she has chosen to be open about her diagnosis and lives a life like most peers. She has become a mother.

HIV and Stigma

HIV og stigma
00:00 / 34:30

In this session, we meet Gert, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2003. Despite having lived with the disease for almost 20 years, Gert still encounters great ignorance from the outside world.

In the section, Gert tells his story and puts into words how ignorance about HIV is expressed in his everyday life.

The section is compiled and published by SundhedsTV

HIV As a Elderly Person

HIV som ældre
00:00 / 35:24

In this session we meet Helle, who is among the first generation of HIV-positive people in Denmark. She was close to death, but fortunately survived thanks to new treatments.

Today, Helle is facing a new phase with HIV, and is considering getting older with HIV. She fears being treated differently by staff if one day she is going to a nursing home or is hospitalized.

The section is compiled and published by SundhedsTV

HIV As a Young Person

HIV som ung
00:00 / 35:48

Pernille is only 19 years old when she is diagnosed with HIV. A disease she as a young woman does not know much about. Even though she is receiving treatment that allows her to live a completely normal and long life like everyone else, she still feels that it is difficult to stand up. For how will the outside world react?

In the podcast, Pernille tells why she kept her illness hidden for many years and what happened the day she wrote a Facebook post about her living with HIV.

The section is compiled and published by SundhedsTV

HIV As a Young Person - Bonus Material

HIV som ung (bonus-materiale)
00:00 / 08:25

Pernille reads aloud from the Facebook post she made when she chose to tell about her illness.

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