Radio and video diaries have become an increasingly popular format for HIV communication interventions in recent years. This trend is nowhere more evident than in care and support programming, with popular, high-profile PLHA diaries being aired in South Africa, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, among other countries. The diary format, which provides insight into the daily lives of PLHA and highlights the challenges associated with marginalization, treatment adherence, and positive living, helps audience members to explore norms around social inclusion of PLHA and accurately assess their own susceptibility to HIV.Diaries range from single-episode personal narratives or exposees (like MTV/Staying Alive's "Thoko's Diary", linked below) to long-running serials (like JHU/CCP's Betengna PLHA diaries, with 20+ episodes per diarist), and are often complemented by call-in shows, listeners' groups, or publicity tours. Podcasts and streaming downloads have also extended the reach of this type of programming tremendously, with some shows reporting thousands of downloads every month.
For examples of diaries and additional information on the development and implementation process, see:
Thembi's diary (radio, multiple episodes), South Africa (Joe Richman/Radio Diaries): http://www.aidsdiary.org/. Podcasts and Thembi's blog also available through the site.
Betengna PLHA diaries program (radio, multiple episodes per diarist), Ethiopia (JHU/CCP): www.etharc.org. Click on tab for Betengna Radio. Downloads available though the site. See also JHU/CCP Ethiopia's PLHA website, which includes sections for upload and search of personal stories of those living living HIV: http://www.etharc.org/plwha/story/.
Thoko's diary (video, single episode), South Africa (MTV/Staying Alive): http://www.staying-alive.org/hot/48fest_info.php.