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<v Male speaker 1>I ain't worried about it because if I ended up dead anyway, it'd be better than where I'm <v Male speaker 1>at right now. I mean, I myself-- <v Female speaker 1>--We used to go fishing together. He was, he was just a friend, um. <v Female speaker 1>We went sailing for the weekend, and we ended up, um, having sex together. <v Female speaker 1>I learned later on-- <v Female speaker 2>--Steve just was . . . I think we feel rage because our children are sick and they <v Female speaker 2>shouldn't be. And we feel rage because nothing's being done on a local level-- <v Male speaker 2>--our data here in Los Angeles suggests that we are looking at a population <v Male speaker 2>that is, you know, the sons and daughters of all of us who are running <v Male speaker 2>the risk of getting infected. <v Male speaker 2>Uh, it's not the male/female ratio-- <v Male speaker 3>--You know, I get furious because we have basically, as a society, buried <v Male speaker 3>our head in the sands when it comes to AIDS and AIDS prevention. <v Male speaker 3>Nearly 40 percent-- <v Male speaker 4>--just that one time you get HIV. <v Male speaker 4>How would you like to be dead before you're 30? <v Male speaker 4>Do you think about that? And I'm going to tell you how you're gonna-- <v Male speaker 5>--there's just too many people dying, and, uh, we need to help
<v Male speaker 5>each other. <v Male sex worker>[sound of city street; car horns honk] Hey, daddy, need a date? Sit yo' ass down, girl, we <v Male sex worker>are trying to work! <v Male voice on street>C'mon, bitch, with your big ol' booty ?inaudible?-- <v C.C.>I, um, never was one to really be <v C.C.>able to live with rules, because <v C.C.>I'm 18 years old. I'm not going to be in some <v C.C.>placement home being told when to eat, when to sleep, when to shit <v C.C.>and, uh . . . <v Male sex worker>This is not playtime, this is work, honey. We need coins! We're hungry. <v C.C.>He's a flamer. <v Male sex worker>Bitch, don't you be startin' no shit with me, Paul. [C.C. laughs] I'll show you what a flamer is all about, honey. <v C.C.>It's like. OK. Turning tricks, the way you feel, it makes you depressed. <v C.C.>Picture .
<v C.C.>. . hell on earth, basically. <v C.C.>'Cause when you're getting in that stranger's car, you don't know what kind of person <v C.C.>that is. You don't know if he's gonna take you home, and you'll never be seen again. <v C.C.>But you don't care because you want your money for either your <v C.C.>drugs or alcohol. <v C.C.>Place to stay. <v C.C.>You know. [sound of music from passing car] I have used condoms, and I mostly don't. <v C.C.>I think they're a hassle. <v C.C.>If they got 'em, yeah. If they don't, I don't worry about it. <v C.C.>[sound of car passing by on street] Because I just don't care.
<v Sylvia>I was infected back in 1984, and at the time I was 19 <v Sylvia>years old, right out of high school. <v Sylvia>We spent a weekend together sailing and just having a good time. <v Sylvia>And I didn't realize, you know, that all these years later that that one weekend was <v Sylvia>gonna, was gonna change the rest of my life. <v Sylvia's mother>I think it was shock, first thing. <v Sylvia's mother>Um. Just. <v Sylvia's mother>I was just devastated. And, uh, <v Sylvia's mother>my way to react to that was to <v Sylvia's mother>just pray. <v Sylvia>And I didn't . . . did not know that he was a bisexual. <v Sylvia>I had no clue. No idea. <v Sylvia's father>We had good support from our close friends. <v Sylvia's father>And, uh, once you . . . kinda accept that, <v Sylvia's father>it becomes a lot easier.
<v Sylvia>And the more informed I became and the more, you know, counseling <v Sylvia>and support I got, I decided that . <v Sylvia>. . that I could live with this. <v Sylvia>That it was something liveable, and it's treatable. <v Sylvia>I went on medication. <v Sylvia>It's not an instant death sentence. <v Sylvia>Thank God. <v Sylvia>Um, and I started reaching out to other people. <v Sylvia's mother>If we're going through it, there's a lot of people out there <v Sylvia's mother>that are going through it, but they're alone. <v Sylvia's mother>They have no help. They have no support. <v Sylvia's mother>And that, that's really important in this. <v Sylvia's mother>I know if I hadn't had the support at first, I probably would've <v Sylvia's mother>been a basket case. <v Support group participant 1>[sound of group preparing to begin discussion; paper shuffling; laughter] I <v Support group participant 1>am the mother of a deceased AIDS patient. <v Support group participant 2>I think a lot of people really care, but they just can't handle illness.
<v Support group participant 3>Last week I was pissed. <v Support group mediator>You were pissed ?inaudible?-- [group laughter] <v Support group participant 3>Now I'm better, I'm better today. And my son is better today. <v Support group participant 3>And, uh, I'm grateful for every good day there is. <v Support group participant 3>You know, and of course, I'm grateful for the bad days too, because at least we're <v Support group participant 3>together. So, um, today it's okay. <v Support group participant 4>A girlfriend of mine called and <v Support group participant 4>gave me some new information about a medication for CMV retinitis, <v Support group participant 4>a new drug. So I told Chris about that, and she said, <v Support group participant 4>"You know, mom, I've been praying every day, every day, <v Support group participant 4>that a miracle happens, that I don't lose my eyesight. <v Support group participant 4>And maybe this is that miracle that I've been praying for." <v Support group participant 5>I know it's so painful, you know, to watch her and, and <v Support group participant 5>not be able to fix her. <v Support group participant 5>And so it's no, you know, it's no coincidence that we're here. <v Support group participant 5>And I feel like we're all a real gift to each other.
<v Support group participant 6>He said he doesn't want to kill himself at this point. <v Support group participant 6>But he, he wants to do whatever he has to do. <v Support group participant 6>And he wants me to survive. He wants me to get on with releasing him. <v Support group participant 7>There needs to be some reassurance, whatever that is, that, that you will survive. <v Support group participant 8>It's a very freeing kind of thing to release him or <v Support group participant 8>her, whoever, to their own ?inaudible?. <v Support group participant 8>It doesn't mean you love any less-- <v Other group participant>Oh, no, no, no . . . <v Support group participant 8>The love is, is, maybe on a different level. <v Support group participant 8>And it's a real challenge. And it may be an everyday or an every moment kind <v Support group participant 8>of releasing. And then suddenly you find, oh gosh, I haven't released at all, and then <v Support group participant 8>you release a little more. <v Support group participant 3>My family has all been notified, and they, ah, have indicated <v Support group participant 3>their support initially. <v Support group participant 3>But it isn't anything they ever ask about. <v Support group participant 3>It isn't anything they ever talk about. <v Other group participant>You can't say it out loud. It might come true if you say it out loud. <v Support group participant 3>You know, once in a while there's a reference like, ah, we're so glad that Chris is doing <v Support group participant 3>well, but they don't call him--
<v Other group participant>Well, that let's them off the hook. <v Support group participant 3>They don't call him to ask him how he's doing. <v Support group participant 3>You know, he feels a little bit of abandonment. <v Support group participant 8>I spent probably 45 minutes attempting to console his doctor, <v Support group participant 8>because she said she was so surprised of his death. <v Support group participant 8>And she said, "You know, when I found out, I came back, <v Support group participant 8>and I combed through the records to see if I'd missed anything." <v Support group participant 8>And she was just devastated by it. <v Support group participant 8>And yet, and of course, she sees it every day in the clinic. <v Support group participant 8>And yet there had been that kind of commitment <v Support group participant 8>and caring on her part, and that just <v Support group participant 8>nearly destroyed her.
<v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>You'll look at our population here in Los Angeles. <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>It was 1 in 46 adolescents were HIV positive. <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>When we look at kids who have 5 and 6 risk factors with <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>serial monogamous sexual relationships numbering in the 50s, <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>IV drug users, uh, homosexual/bisexual relationships, <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>we, we find them testing negative. <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>And we look at this other group that come in because they have a real concern about the <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>fact they've had three sexual partners. <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>Ah, they've all been heterosexual. They're coming up positive. <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>Uh, we . . . this is very surprising to us. We would've suspected the opposite. <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>So this surprise suggests that we may be in for a significant epidemic <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>amongst adolescents, ah, an epidemic that's going to express itself in young adulthood. <v Sylvia's mother>I haven't played with these things since your, your uncles were little, Chad. <v Sylvia's son>[child makes happy laugh while playing with Tinker Toys] I'm not going to do anymore on the top.
<v Sylvia's mother>You're not? Okay. <v Sylvia>It was a week of agony, you know, waiting for my son's test result. <v Sylvia>I remember just the guilt and the fear when they strap down my little, you know, <v Sylvia>2 year old to take blood. <v Sylvia>You know, it was awful. An awful feeling. <v Sylvia>And the guilt of what? What if I've given this to him? <v Sylvia>But, um, babies have a 30 percent chance of getting it. <v Sylvia>And I'm just very, very grateful. <v Sylvia>That my son's fine. He's totally healthy. <v Young man on street>Thanks, dude. <v Young man on street>Miss, do you have any spare change, so I can get something to eat? <v Woman passerby>Well . . . [searches for coins] ?inaudible? <v Young man>Thanks. <v Woman>You're welcome. <v Young man>Hey, dude, you got any spare change, man? It's hard because we'll stand out there, and we'll <v Young man>panhandle hoping somebody will give us a dollar or two or three
<v Young man>or four or five. <v Young man>Hey, dude, you got any spare change so I can get something to eat? <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>The people that we're seeing are predominantly older teens and young adults. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>They're living on the streets, surviving by prostitution, mostly <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>involved with substance abuse. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services> 60 percent of these kids are system failures. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>They've come through the foster care system. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>Now they're on the streets. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>Um. And a lot of them don't have a whole lot to necessarily look forward to or a whole <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>lot of trust. Um. So when we're talking about trying to get them to change behavior, <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>you know, somebody who doesn't care a whole lot if they live or die maybe has a hard time <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>changing behavior. <v Male speaker 1>--uncomfortable about stating how AIDS has affected ?inaudble?--
<v Male speaker 2>Well, AIDS really hasn't affected my life. <v Male speaker 1>On me, not in me, unless you have a condom on. <v Male speaker 3>On me? <v Male speaker 1>Not in me. Unless you have a condom. <v Male speaker 4>Up until then, I never practiced safe sex, never. <v Jim>Okay my name is Jim. Um. From Illinois. <v Jim>And AIDS really hasn't affected my life. Except that since I had been an I.V. <v Jim>drug user, I'm kind of a high risk. <v Jim>And that sucks. <v Male speaker 5>I never had same sex when I was back in Texas. <v Male speaker 5>And I haven't been tested since then. <v Male speaker 5>So I don't know if I'm, you know, positive or negative. <v Male speaker 5>And I'm just reluctant to go get tested because I don't know how I'll be able to take it <v Male speaker 5>if they told me that I was positive. So I just have to think about that before <v Male speaker 5>I go get tested. Because I don't know how I'll be able to handle it. <v Male speaker 6>I think my whole attitude towards <v Male speaker 6>AIDS has just swung around and smacked me in the face. <v Male speaker 7>Last November I tested HIV positive, and up until last
<v Male speaker 7>night nobody knew about it except me and the person who tested me. <v Male speaker 7>And I've gone through all the . . . <v Male speaker 7>I went through the suicide phase, and, um, <v Male speaker 7>I went through the denial phase. <v Male speaker 7>And I'm . . . I think I'm actually still in the denial phase and it's . <v Male speaker 7>. . it's <v Male speaker 7>hard to talk about . <v Male speaker 7>. . <v Counselor>It's okay. That denial helps, too. <v Counselor>To cope with it. <v Male speaker 7>What I missed out on was, I missed out on my entire childhood. <v Male speaker 7>I missed out on having pets when I was a kid. <v Male speaker 7>I missed out on. I've never had a birthday party. <v Male speaker 7>When I was 14, 15 years old, I felt like I was 20 or 25, because
<v Male speaker 7>when I was at 14 or 15 years old, <v Male speaker 7>I had slept with well over more men than my mother has. <v Male speaker 7>I'm sure. <v Female speaker 1>I don't know how to say it. I mean, how does it make you feel? <v Female speaker 1>You know, I mean . . . does it, is it like <v Female speaker 1>extremely hard to deal with or . <v Female speaker 1>. . are you like getting over that? <v Male speaker 7>It's . . . up until 24 days ago, I dealt <v Male speaker 7>with it by using drugs and alcohol. <v Male speaker 7>And it's just now that I have these days sober and clean, <v Male speaker 7>that the issues about it have been coming up. <v Male speaker 7>Right now. <v Male speaker 7>I don't know what to think about it. I don't know what to feel about it because I don't <v Male speaker 7>know shit about it. I honestly don't know shit about AIDS. <v Male speaker 7>I don't know shit about HIV. I know that I have buried someone because of it. <v Male speaker 7>I don't know what happened to him. I don't, I know what they looked like when they died.
<v Male speaker 7>I know I don't want to look like that. <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>We sort of have the weekend warriors who sort of come in from the the <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>neighboring communities into the large urban centers to <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>sort of get their thrills and take their risk, uh, over the weekend, without <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>realizing, you know, what they're really getting thrill from and what they're risking. <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>And if by so doing they contract a- a- <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>an infection, which then can be taken back to their community, <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>uh, whether it be a venereal infection or, uh, or, you know, <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>a venereal infection such as, you know, HIV infection. They take it back to the <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>community, take it back to their high schools and take it back to their <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>middle-American lifestyle. <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>And now you've set up the reservoir for a contamination of a community. <v Sylvia>We have to do the responsible thing-- <v Sylvia's mother>Right. <v Sylvia>--anyways. <v Sylvia's mother>Right. So that-- <v Sylvia>In spite of my disease, I mean, even without my disease, I should have.
<v Sylvia's mother>Yes. <v Sylvia>Being a mother, I should have had all those things taken care of, and I hadn't. <v Sylvia>So now I have everything's taken care of and . <v Sylvia>. . <v Sylvia's mother>Well, that's good. Because, uh, even your dad and I, years ago, we did that. <v Sylvia's mother>When you kids were little. <v Sylvia's mother>Just in case of an accident or whatever. <v Sylvia>Yeah. Right. It was hard because I didn't want to admit that I'm gonna allow myself to <v Sylvia>die or allow myself to get sick by doing it. <v Sylvia>I think that's why put it off so long. <v Sylvia's mother>Right. <v Sylvia>But now that I did it, I can, it's, everything's taken care of. <v Sylvia>I've been responsible. Everything's taken care of. And I can live my life to its fullest. <v Sylvia>You know? <v Sylvia's mother>That's right. <v Male speaker 1 living under bridge>[sound of traffic] --all my goddamn rich friends gonna be there. <v Male speaker 2 living under bridge>?No long stories, no windows barred? <v Male speaker 2 living under bridge>No things to make my brain ?inaudible? . . . <v Male speaker 2 living under bridge>There is what you call friends and there's what you call acquaintances out here. <v Male speaker 2 living under bridge>I guess you could kinda say Hollywood's like one big happy,
<v Male speaker 2 living under bridge>they think, happy family. <v Male speaker 2 living under bridge>But what it is, is basically one big sad <v Male speaker 2 living under bridge>individuals that have nowhere to go. <v Male speaker 2 living under bridge>It's a moment to moment thing. You don't know what's going to happen one day to the next <v Male speaker 2 living under bridge>. . . Co-ollld . . . <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>AIDS is doubling every six months in heterosexual populations. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>Kids are having an enormous amount of sex, uh, and we want to sort of pretend, <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>you know, we have this sort of image of the Waltons and everything sort of wholesome and <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>that isn't going on here, and we're uncomfortable with it. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>And that's a real problem because that discomfort of talking about <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>it, ah, sets up a barrier right away <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>when we start talking about trying to educate young people about pregnancy, STD, <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>AIDS. You know, any of these things. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>I mean, if we can't, if we, if we're going to squirm around talking about these <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>subjects, how can we be effective educators? <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>How can we expect kids to change behavior?
<v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>[sound of children playing on playground] How does it feel to have an orgasm? <v Male teen 1>Oooh . . . <v Male teen 2>Light side of heaven. <v Male teen 3>You're good for a-- <v Female teen 1>[laughter] Yeah. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>Light side of heaven. How many of you've had orgasms? You like having orgasms, guys? <v Teen group> [cross-talk and laughter] <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>I would bet that most of you think about sex more than your homework. <v Teen group>[laughter and cross-talk] <v Male teens>Homework? Homework? What are you talkin' about? Homework? . . . No, no, that's homework! <v Female teen>What's homework? <v Male teen>What is homework? <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>Do men just want to get laid? <v Female teen 2>Most of 'em in my opinion. Yeah. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>When are you gonna have sex? <v Female teen 3>When I feel I'm ready. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>When will you be ready? <v Female teen 3>When I find the right person. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>Let me ask you a very, very important question. I need to be as honest as you can about <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>it. Did you wear a rubber? <v Male teen 4>No. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>Did she protect herself, wear a diaphragm-- <v Male teen 4>No.
<v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>--or anything like that. Weren't you afraid of getting her pregnant? <v Male teen 4>We were drunk. We didn't know what we were doing. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>So it's kind of, you were drunk, you were in the heat of the moment, and let's get it on. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>[directs next question to new teen] Did you ever . . . did you protect yourself when you had sex? <v Female teen 4>Yeah. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>Every time? <v Female teen 4>Not every time. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>Why? <v Female teen 4>I just have fun, you don't think about it. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>You're in the heat of the moment. <v Female teen 4>[laughs] Yeah. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>When you're in that moment everything's hot with a girl or a boy. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>You forget about condoms. You forget about safe sex. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>You forget about all those things. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>You guys are looking at yourselves? Looking hard at yourselves? <v Teen group>Yeah. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>Am I telling you to go out and have sex? <v Teen group>No. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>Did I ever tell you to go out and have sex? <v Teen group>No. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>What have I told you about sex? <v Teen group>Protect yourself. <v Male teen>Party hats! <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>Protect. Your. Selves. <v Male teen>Get a party hat. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>Not because I support promiscuity or, ah, dangerous sexuality. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>In fact, that's why I'm talking to you about this today.
<v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>And that's why we continue to talk about this. I wish so strongly that parents could <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>understand, all parents, that it's out there. <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>And that what we need to teach our kids is that intimacy and love is what you need to <v Mike Slyder, Psychotherapist>work for. <v Male outreach worker 1>What I'm look, what we're looking for tonight is kids. <v Female outreach worker>Mmm-huh. <v Male outreach worker 1>Well, let's concentrate Western to Van Ness <v Male outreach worker 1>on Hollywood Boulevard and drop down. <v Male outreach worker 1>Let's not spook anybody. Let's not scare 'em off. <v Male outreach worker 1>Let's handle it real, real gently, OK? <v Male outreach worker 1>Okay. So let's get out here. Let's do it. <v Male outreach worker 2>I got yer clipboard. <v Male outreach worker 3>Excuse me, this is my clipboard, homie. <v Female outreach worker>[laughter] <v Male outreach worker 3>Was'sup, homes? How you doin', man? <v Male outreach speaker 3>How you doin', man? We're from the homeless ?inaudible program?, and we're over here <v Male outreach speaker 3>talking to people about AIDS and stuff like that.
<v Male outreach speaker 3>How old are you, man? <v Male teen on street>17. <v Male outreach speaker 3>17? <v Female outreach worker>Well what we want to do, we want to make sure you know the facts about AIDS. <v Male outreach worker 3>Yeah, how much you know about AIDS, man? <v Male teen on street>Well, I know it's a deadly disease. <v Male teen on street>And . . . I'm very aware that, you know, it's not easy to catch. <v Male teen on street>And you know, I know I got to be careful and stuff about sex and all that, but it's-- <v Male outreach worker 3>You know, how would you get it? <v Male teen on street>Yeah, I know how you get it. <v Male teen on street>I know, I'm not sure, but I think you can't get <v Male teen on street>it from uh, uh, uh, spit and stuff like that. <v Male outreach worker 3>Okay, I'll tell you what. Let's do a little test. I have a little test over here of five <v Male outreach worker 3>questions. Okay? And we'll see how, how much you know. <v Male outreach worker 3>OK? <v Male outreach worker 3>OK. Now answer me this question. <v Male outreach worker 3>How would you know if I have AIDS? <v Male teen on street>I'll ask you. <v Male outreach worker 3>OKay. I can lie. <v Male outreach worker 3>I can tell you, "No, I don't have AIDS." <v Male teen on street>Or just see if you're clean. <v Male outreach worker 3>OK. <v Male outreach worker 3>I look clean, man. <v Male tean on street>Yeah.
<v Male outreach worker 3>What happens if yesterday I had sex with somebody that had AIDS? And I still look clean, man. <v Male outreach worker 3>So what you want to do, no matter how fine a woman looks, man. <v Male outreach worker 3>Because I know that some girls they look fine. <v Male outreach worker 3>We're talking fine. Right? <v Male outreach worker 3>But always, always like I said, no matter how fine she looks, we got to use condoms, man. <v Male outreach worker 3>Those are the ones you got to be, you know-- <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>In terms of most youth. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>You know, what we're doing, you know, is creating the illusion that we're doing <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>something. It's like, yeah, we're passing out some information. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>You know, we'll, we'll talk about it for, uh, 50 minutes in a classroom one <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>day. We'll hand 'em a brochure. ?Aren't we? <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>wonderful. We've done AIDS prevention. That doesn't get people to change behavior. <v C.C.>Would it be better in this arm? <v Male holding hypodermic needle>I don't know. <v Male smoking>Pump. <v Male holding hypodermic needle>See this is the one I want to fuckin' hit, but it won't pop up.
<v Male smoking>Pump. Pump. Pump. Keep pumping, C.C. <v C.C.>Heroin. Crystal. <v C.C.>Um-- <v Male smoking>--?there? you go. <v C.C.>--pot. Acid. LSD. Um. Basically <v C.C.>anything that'll get me high. <v Male holding hypodermic needle>Arm up in the air ?inaudible?. <v C.C.>And you <v C.C.>don't think about your problems. <v C.C.>You don't think about being on the street. You don't think about <v C.C.>anything. You just think about the next time you're going to get high and . <v C.C.>. . <v C.C.>Just say yes to drugs. <v C.C.>I feel a rush.
<v Male holding hypodermic needle>You get a little one, yeah. <v C.C.>It ain't little to me. <v C.C.>If they're clean, they're clean [needles]. If they're not, and nobody has bleach, I don't <v C.C.>worry about it. <v C.C.>We're gonna be up all night. <v Sylvia>[laughter] Can you see that baby there? <v Sylvia>And where's the people on crutches? <v Sylvia's son>Like these? <v Sylvia>Yeah-up. And a cast. When Jesus taught in Galilee, <v Sylvia>a lot of people came because they heard that he could heal the deaf, the blind, the lame. <v Sylvia>I can't imagine somebody else raising my child. <v Sylvia>But I've also been responsible in the fact that I've had to pick <v Sylvia>who I wanted for guardians for my son, um, to deal <v Sylvia>with telling my son that I, that I have a disease and that I'm that I'm fine now. <v Sylvia>Unless I would ever get sick, I don't think he needs to know about the morbid <v Sylvia>part of it. <v Sylvia>Some mothers carried babies too sick to make a cry. <v Sylvia>And Jesus healed the lepers, too. And any passing by who had a fever, crippled arm, or
<v Sylvia>any kind of pain. And people who are feeling sad, he'd soon made laugh again. <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>As physicians get to know more about risk profiles and the, the <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>need for risk assessment and the meth- method of risk asset- assessment, <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>and the indication for HIV testing, uh, and the, <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>uh degree of freedom they're allowed within their own state laws to . <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>. . to, uh, provide medical care and health care to minors, <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>we'll begin to see a movement towards at least capturing the epidemic, <v Dr. Richard McKenzie, L.A. Childrens Hospital>at least putting some definition around this potential epidemic, which we all fear. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>In the 6 years I've been doing this, I've definitely seen some changes. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>Um, you know, what kids on the street are doing today versus what they were doing six
<v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>years ago has changed. There's a lot less intercourse going on, at least with, with, with <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>males, um, who's predominantly who we work with. <v Gabe Kruks, Director of Youth Services>Um, that's a change. <v Male group home resident 1>No matter how much you try to get away from what <v Male group home resident 1>this house represents, you know, every time you see one of the other residents, <v Male group home resident 1>you know why you're here. It's been very, unbelievably hellacious because of the <v Male group home resident 1>absolute nightmare of what it represents. <v Male group home resident 1>It's hard, it's hard to live here. <v Male group home resident 1>You know? Since I've lived here, we've had two of <v Male group home resident 1>our residents pass away here in this house. <v Male group home resident 1>And it's a real devastating thing, you know, because it's like each <v Male group home resident 1>time that happens, a part of you goes too.
<v Male group home resident 2>It's been very difficult for me, um, sometimes, um. <v Male group home resident 2>You know, I don't want to live anymore, because it's, it's uh, so painful <v Male group home resident 2>and annoying. And it's very hard because, <v Male group home resident 2>you know, I feel like I'm dying, <v Male group home resident 2>and uh, I'm not afraid of death itself, but <v Male group home resident 2>uh, uh the process of it scares me. <v Male group home resident 1>The one thing that I, I, I have got to get through these <v Male group home resident 1>adolescents' heads, you know, I feel like they have got to know this has not <v Male group home resident 1>been fun. It has not been an picnic. <v Male group home resident 1>If you don't know what a condom is, find out and get you one, <v Male group home resident 1>or 10, or whatever. <v Male group home resident 1>You know. Because it's not worth it.
<v Male group home resident 1>It just isn't worth it. <v Sylvia>The people that matter in this life are going to stand by you no matter what, and your <v Sylvia>true friends are gonna be there with you and that, <v Sylvia>I mean, yes, it's a struggle. And yes, it's something that's very hard to deal with. <v Sylvia>But you can take something bad, and I've decided to make something good out of it. <v Sylvia>And I want to use my experiences to teach other people. <v Sylvia>I want it to, you know, try and educate someone. <v Sylvia>If I can make a difference, if I can help one, you know, little high school girl or, <v Sylvia>you know, one little college guy. <v Sylvia>If I can help one person not become infected, then what I'm going to be going <v Sylvia>through will be worth it. <v C.C.>I'd a test not too long ago, and it came out negative.
TeenAIDS: Sons and Daughters
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KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.)
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"'TeenAIDS: Sons and Daughters' documents how AIDS has entered into ranks of teenagers with devastating results. Many experiences are chronicled through the voices of afflicted and non-afflicted teenagers from varied backgrounds. Parents, friends and medical and mental health professionals voice their concerns. The stories told are filled with pain and courage as their tellers fight to understand and live with the tragedy of AIDS. "The purpose of this project is to educate. The target audience is teens, their parents, teachers and all other who, through their actions and attitudes can help battle the AIDS epidemic."--1991 Peabody Awards entry form. This documentary captures the impact of AIDS on teen attitudes, health, and sexuality. It features C.C., a male sex worker and drug addict; Sylvia, a young mother with AIDS, and her parents; a support group composed of women whose children have AIDS; Dr. Richard McKenzie of Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA); Gabe Kruks, a youth services director; a support group composed of teens with AIDS; Mike Slyder, a psychotherapist, and teens with whom he discusses safe sex; street-level outreach workers counseling safe sex; and two men battling AIDS symptoms in a group home.
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Producing Organization: KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.)
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APA: TeenAIDS: Sons and Daughters. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from