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Video Text Alternative — Life Beyond HIV: Vincent Crisostomo

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Animation showing the logo of the HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program coming into view.

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Life Beyond HIV

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Photos of Crisostomo shown. The photo on the left shows him speaking at a meeting and the photo on the right show him when he was a young man. Photo fades into the next photo. The next photo shows a smiling Crisostomo being carried by his partner. 

Final photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Crisostomo.

Vincent Crisostomo: I have lived with HIV since May of 1989, and I’ve had an AIDS diagnosis since 1995. 
Close-up camera view of Crisostomo.  Crisostomo: And…it’s impacted the lives of my friends, my family, my loved one—I lost my partner to HIV.

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Photo of Crisostomo as a young man sitting on a couch in front of a sign that reads “Gay Asian Pacific S.F. Cal. Alliance: Community HIV Project”. The photo fades into the next photo. The next photo shows Crisostomo participating in a march wearing a flowered lei. The photo fades into the next photo. The next photo is a black and white newspaper photo featuring Crisostomo and three others.

Final photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Crisostomo.

Crisostomo: The Ryan White Program has impacted me throughout most of my…ever since it’s been in effect. Like, I remember meeting Ryan White in the ’90s and thinking, “Wow, it must be so hard for a kid.”
Close-up camera view of Crisostomo.  Crisostomo: But then this program came up that beared his name, and you know, it’s followed me through San Francisco; it's followed me through Guam, where we were able to do some advocacy. 

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Photo of Crisostomo and friends and colleagues drinking coffee, raising their cups and smiling. The photo is attributed to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The photo fades into the next photo. The next photo shows Crisostomo smiling with his arm around a friend.

Final photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Crisostomo.

Crisostomo: I got into mental health services, got into taking medication after being resistant to almost everything that was available.
Close-up camera view of Crisostomo.  Crisostomo: The Ryan White Program has basically kept me alive, and I just say to people, “You know, our stories are important.”

GRAPHICS SLIDE:
Photo of Crisostomo holding the hands of others and raising them up during a meeting while he speaks into a microphone. The photo fades into the next photo. The next photo shows Crisostomo speaking at a podium in front of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Final photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Crisostomo.

Crisostomo: “So, what are the stories that we want to tell?” Many people who were HIV positive in my generation was like, “You know, I’ve got HIV.”
Close-up camera view of Crisostomo.  Crisostomo: I quit working, I lost all my friends, and pretty much life stopped.” But it’s like, no, there is more. 

GRAPHICS SLIDE:
Photo of Crisostomo representing the San Francisco AIDS Foundation at a meeting. The photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Crisostomo.

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Photo of Crisostomo in front of a sign that reads “Love Heals”. The photo fades into the next photo. The next photo shows Crisostomo wearing a shirt that reads “Health Justice for All” speaking in front of a sign. The photo fades into the next photo. The next photo shows Crisostomo wearing a mask and holding a speech bubble sign that reads “Say More…”.

Final photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Crisostomo.

Camera view of Crisostomo fades into the closing slide.

Crisostomo: I think we owe it to those of us who—to those who did not survive—like, to make the most of our lives. So, I just tell people, “So, what is the story you want to tell?”

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Photo of Crisostomo representing the San Francisco AIDS Foundation at a meeting. The photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Crisostomo.

GRAPHICS SLIDE:
Photo of Crisostomo in front of a sign that reads “Love Heals”. The photo fades into the next photo. The next photo shows Crisostomo wearing a shirt that reads “Health Justice for All” speaking in front of a sign. The photo fades into the next photo. The next photo shows Crisostomo wearing a mask and holding a speech bubble sign that reads “Say More…”.

Final photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Crisostomo.

Camera view of Crisostomo fades into the closing slide.

Crisostomo: “What are you doing to make that happen? And how can I help?” And I have three things that I live by. The first one is: Love heals—So put some love on it, whatever it is. How can I help? And the third thing is: Where do we go…where do you want to go from here? So basically, it saved my life. So, I guess the Ryan White Program has kept me alive, and I’m very grateful for that

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For more information on HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, visit the Ryan White website

Logo of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

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