“When it’s engrained in you as a young person that you don’t think you have a tomorrow, you wring every last drop out of today because you may not get another one,” he said. “I was in my 20s, and all my friends were getting sick around me and dying, many of them refusing to admit what was happening to them because of the stigma and the shame” (Ryan Murphy). Ryan Murphy is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He found out he had AIDS, but instead of hiding it and refusing to admit to it like many of his friends, he was open about it and turned it into a motivator for success. It’s really amazing how during a time where there was such a huge stigma placed on AIDS (and honestly, there still is a stigma), he was able to openly talk about it. And ultimately made him live his life completely differently, and was able to become a really successful player in the television industry.



2 responses »

  1. kristenhong says:

    The stigma behind the HIV/AIDS epidemic can be dangerous, possibly leading to people being afraid of seeking treatment. Hopefully more discussion and education will change the stigma behind HIV/AIDS.

  2. krystalyiranli says:

    It is definitely quite impressive that Ryan Murphy is able to speak up when there is stigma in the society. These people were suffering from both AIDS and being excluded from the mainstream society.

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