Welcome to the homepage of Scott Fried – international award-winning speaker, youth educator, and HIV/AIDS advocate.

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I’m proud to share that I’m teaching up in Maine all this month, as an adjunct professor at Colby college. Using the past three decades living with HIV, I’m giving my beautiful and inquisitive undergrads a multidisciplinary approach to HIV/AIDS. This first week, we are studying the emergence of the epidemic, from the Reagan Administration’s non-response to my HIV support group’s influence over the making of the musical RENT. We’ll cap off the week with an in-depth study of the science of AIDS: from the life-cycle of the virus to opportunistic infections and drug treatment.

It’s such a thrill to help them realize that they are all standing on the shoulders of ghosts, young men and women who died long before they were even born. They are beginning to recognize the invisible burden and the awesome responsibility of growing up in a world with greater knowledge and hopefully, deeper compassion for a better future. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here's a throwback to 1998. I was 34 years old and had just been cast in a role on "The Guiding Light" as Bart, a guy with AIDS, when producers at the Sally Jesse Raphael show invited me to talk about my character and my life with HIV. It was an AIDS episode filled with "risk-group stereotypes." On stage with me were an IV drug user, a hemophiliac, a sex worker, a Haitian and a straight man. As soon as I walked onto the set, I realized they picked me to fill "the gay man with HIV" slot.

Twenty years later, while AIDS is still a worldwide issue, we no longer relegate the disease to stereotypical risk groups. We've come so far, yet the message is still the same: every life matters.

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As we commemorate another World AIDS Day, and as I celebrate my 30th anniversary of living with HIV, I’d like to share my thoughts on gratitude.

Please take a moment to watch. I hope you enjoy.

Scott

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This World AIDS week, I’m grateful to be speaking at the United Nations International School, Boston University, The College of New Jersey and the University of Rhode Island. ... See MoreSee Less

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At the end of an already amazing week, I was privileged to be a part of a beautiful event that brought two communities together. The teens of Temple Judea from Coral Gables, Florida, hosted a group of teens from Syria who are refugees. Over the course of the evening, we shared stories, compared cultural differences and discovered many similarities while baking pistachio shortbread cookies. Lots of sugar, so much butter and an endless amount of compassion, followed by an epic international game of foosball = #onelove ... See MoreSee Less

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