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Watch: Is it Possible to be Predestined to Become HIV positive?

Watch: Is it Possible to be Predestined to Become HIV positive?

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A trans woman examines the factors that compounded her HIV risks: including being rejected by her family.

As honor of the 10th annual National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Stacia Ohira created this video for The Banyan Tree Project

“I was predestined to become HIV positive,” Ohira says the trans woman who uses her video to share her story and the things in her life that increased her risk of becoming HIV positive. Transgender women have the highest rates of HIV among women in the U.S.. (Learn why here.).

The factors compounding her own risk, Ohira says, included family rejection, drugs, homelessness, sex work and incarceration. She lost her family when she began to transition, but eventually found acceptance and support with her children and members of the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

Watch Ohira's full story in this video.

Ohira's story is part of "Taking Root: Our Stories, Our Community," a national digital storytelling initiative to engage Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities in ending HIV stigma. Catch more stories here

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.