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First Generation: Growing Up with HIV
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First Generation: Growing Up with HIV
Young people make up half of all new HIV infections, but one group has been living with the virus longer than most. In Romania in the 1980s, thousands of babies and children were infected because of unsafe medical practices. They are now coming of age and entering adulthood, full of life and hope for the future.
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Directed by Tina Nguyen.

Originally featured in the ViewChange Online Film Contest.

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First Generation: Growing up with HIV. A film by Tina Nguyen
ION [HIV survivor]
I found out about my disease in 2002. This disease is like an enemy. I'm fighting an enemy. And no matter how many pills I take, I might not win. My body is struggling with the virus, even though I seem physically fine.
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Young people make up half of all new HIV infections.
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Romania's children were among the first to become infected.
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Now, that generation is entering adulthood.
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Infectia HIV. SIDA.
DR. RODICA MATUSA [Ex-Chief of Infectious Disease]
This is a very special logbook. I recorded the names of all 1,720 children infected with HIV in Constanta County. Believe me, I can remember every single child. I can see their faces in my mind. I remember them vividly, even the faces of the dead children, as many have died.
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With U.S. researchers, Dr. Matusa helped build the world's first pediatric AIDS clinic.
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She also runs a group home for Romanian teens with HIV.
DR. RODICA MATUSA
My conviction grew when I saw their will to live. The more they want to live, the stronger my conviction.
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AIDS-fighting drugs are helping young people live longer.
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But what will life be like for them as adults?
ION
Nine of us who live in this house have HIV. I was infected in the hospital, when I was a baby. I was told my parents left me when I was a year old. In Romania, the discrimination is very serious.
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Ion has lived at Dr. Matusa's group home for eight years.
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Happy birthday! Come in. [Singing] He lives many years, to many years. Who will live to many years?
DR. RODICA MATUSA
Be well. We won't forget all we've been through together. And now onward.
ION
Today, I made it to 18 years, and I can't believe I made it. Until I die. Have birthdays like this until I die. That's what I want to believe.
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Ion has left the group home to try to make it on his own.