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Video Text Alternative — Life Beyond HIV: Robert Riester

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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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Close-up camera view of Robert Riester. 

Banner text: Robert Riester, Client Services Manager, Colorado Health Network

Robert Riester: I was…tested HIV positive in 1987—January of ’87.

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Photos of Riester shown. The first photo shows a young smiling Riester with a smiling woman. The photo fades into the next photo, which features a smiling young Ryan White being interviewed by the press. The photo fades into the next photo, which features a smiling young Ryan White in the hallway of his school. The photo fades into the next photo, which features a close up of Ryan White. 

The final photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Riester.

Riester: However, I am almost certain that I have lived with HIV since the very beginning. Ryan White himself impacted my life. I saw what he was doing at his young age.W
Close-up camera view of Riester.  Riester: I have seen the Ryan White CARE Act impact my life through primarily the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, or as we now know it by the State Drug Assistance Program.

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Photo of Riester with family at the Friends in Need Fundraiser. The photo fades into the next photo, which shows a speaker on stage at the 2016 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment. The photo fades into the next photo, which features Riester standing next to Dr. Anthony Fauci. 

The final photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Riester.

Riester: I have seen it help others with financial assistance, and the work that I do now, I see it impact the lives of people every single day. 
Close-up camera view of Riester.  Riester: Perseverance is a word that my father used often, and that word got me through the hardest times that I had. As you can see, I am still here.

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Photo of Riester in the city of Chicago in 1996. The photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Riester.

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Photo of Riester with friends having breakfast. The photo fades into the next photo, which shows Riester at the 40th anniversary of the Denver Principles. The photo fades into the next photo, which shows Riester working in the Denver community.

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

Riester: I had some…I was on the early drugs, all of which were kind of…well, they were difficult to take, but once the medications changed, I was able to get on newer and better medications, and that changed my life, my physical well-being and look. And then I started to look to see how I could help out here in Denver, in my hometown.

Close-up camera view of Riester.

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Photo of Riester and a group of people at a Spring 2023 CDC meeting. Photo fades into the next photo, which features Riester smiling with a friend.  

The final photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Riester.

Riester: As an HIV advocate, we are a fairly close-knit group of people, and we all have our different passions, so I would suggest that people follow their passions, follow their hearts. But get to know yourself, get to know what is affecting you. That’s the best thing you can do for you.

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Photo of Riester with two others at the United States Conference on AIDS 2019 Aging Session with HRSA. The photo fades into the next photo, which shows Riester smiling with two other people at an event. The photo fades into the next photo, which shows Riester with advocates Lilibeth Gonzales and Barb Cardell. 

The final photo fades back to the close-up camera view of Riester.

Riester: And just be yourself. My life today is quite extraordinary. Being involved in my community has been a phenomenal gift. 

Camera view of Riester fades into closing slide.

 

Riester: My hope is there will be a cure someday. 

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For more information on HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, visit https://ryanwhite.hrsa.gov.

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

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