HIV Storytelling: Narratives From South Texas

The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics is partnering with the End Stigma End HIV Alliance of San Antonio to create a community-centered oral history of HIV in San Antonio and South Texas.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, HIV Storytelling: Narratives From South Texas has several goals:

  • To establish a permanent archive of stories told by people living with, affected by, and caring for those with HIV.  The archive will be housed at UT Health San Antonio’s P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.
  • To create a public-facing, place-centered, bilingual HIV Storytelling website that reflects the rich history and diversity of San Antonio’s HIV community
  • To train medical students in oral history and develop an elective to sustain the collection of these narratives
  • To bring HIV storytellers and their work into the medical school curriculum to train future physicians directly
  • To begin narrative research on this critical aspect of life and culture here in South Texas

We hope to collect stories as unique and beautiful as the people affected by HIV in our community. We hope to deepen the human connection between healthcare providers and patients. We hope that these stories will help reduce HIV stigma in healthcare spaces and  support those who face social and internalized stigma in their daily lives.

Do you have a story to tell?

We would be honored to hear it. We are looking for people living with HIV, family, friends, community health workers, social workers, physicians, nurses, researchers, and anyone whose life has been touched by HIV in San Antonio and South Texas. Our goal is to create a safe space where you can share the story you want to tell.