Biography

Scott Fried is an award-winning international public speaker, HIV/AIDS educator and author. For over 25 years he has lectured to over a million teenagers and adults in nearly every U.S. state, as well as countries including Israel, England, Canada, Holland and Honduras. He has spoken at over 1000 colleges and universities, schools, camps, synagogues, churches, youth retreats, prisons, military bases, and gatherings of teachers, counselors, and parents. He has received the “Collaborative Program of the Year” Award at the University of Pittsburgh, “Outstanding Education Event” Award at Florida Tech, the “Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal” from Ottawa, Ontario Canada, and the “Honorary Star of the Rainbow Award” (shared with Chaz Bono) from the GLCC of Fort Lauderdale.

Scott’s work is based on a core belief that one must understand the value of one’s own life and hold it sacred, in order to refrain from dangerous behaviors that could lead to HIV infection and other crises. He speaks on a variety of topics including sexual responsibility and consent, abstinence, dating, transmission of HIV, eating disorders, body image, self-injury, suicide, alcohol & drug misuse, dealing with divorce, intimacy, and broken-heartedness. Regardless of the topic, Scott shares his own life story of contracting and dealing with HIV.

Scott is also the author of three books: If I Grow Up: Talking with Teens about AIDS, Love and Staying Alive, My Invisible Kingdom: Letters From the Secret Lives of Teens, and A Private Midnight: A Teenager’s Scrapbook of Secrets, and has a DVD of his parent lecture entitled: “How to Talk to the Creature in Your Car: A Survival Guide for Parents of Teens.”  He has been published in numerous periodicals and newspapers and is featured in the following books: The Five Gifts of Illness: A Reconsideration, Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS, The Faces of AIDS: Lives at the Epicenter and The World is a Narrow Bridge: Stories that Celebrate Hope and Healing.

Each year, Scott leads a team of volunteers to Roatan, Honduras to undertake community work for indigent families, conduct HIV/AIDS educational workshops, feed prisoners, and hand out thousands of free condoms.

Scott is an adjunct professor at Colby College, and lives in New York City.