In creating my digital story I used a personal narrative of my memories of my aunt’s illness and how I experienced the confusion of coming to terms with her diagnosis as HIV positive. I believe personal narratives such as this are missing from outreach efforts that have aimed to target the Black community in order to bring awareness of the high rates within the community.
This personal narrative is very important in establishing significance or relevance to a community that still may not see HIV/AIDS as a true threat to themselves, but it also can confront the shame and silence surrounding the disease.
Sharing stories about how family members, friends, and loved ones are impacted by the illness can be the start of a conversation that must be started. Major national campaigns that have started to confront the unique challenges of HIV/AIDS awareness within Black communities should implement a digital story approach to start the dialogue. One of the largest obstacles in spreading awareness is shame, but there is also the belief that mainstream campaigns are largely aimed at other populations reinforcing the notion that the message is not relevant within our communities. The digital story can confront both of these obstacles in order to show how this issue not only pertains to those who are young, single, or outside of their race or community.