#WorldsAIDSDay 2018, Still Affecting Theater Community. Watch Javier Munoz talk about HIV

Today is World AIDS Day. Since last World AIDS Day, there have been some 38,000 new HIV infections in the United States alone. More than 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control. (Basic HIV Statistics from CDC)

 The death from AIDS of theater artist Michael Friedman last year at the age of 41 was a shocking reminder that, yes, people still die from AIDS — and yes it is still affecting the New York theater community.

Here is Javier Munoz (In The Heights, Hamilton) telling his story, and talking about the power of stigma.

@JMunozActor: Thank you Absolutely the most intimate I’ve ever discussed living w/ HIV & the pandemic as a whole. It’s folks; THE day to listen, learn, & care. To all, like me, living w/ HIV, you matter, I see you, I’ll never stop fighting for us. ❤️💪🏽

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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