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Sin Vergüenza (Without Shame)

The  Sin Vergüenza (Without Shame) webseries encourages people to get tested as a routine part of their medical care and to seek HIV medical care should they test positive. This exciting webseries introduces you to dynamic family members who each represent a different age group, sexual orientation and marital status. You’ll quickly learn that each person is at risk of getting HIV. The videos address difficult issues that families face, but also portray the unconditional love and support that carries this family through such a challenging time.

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The Salazar Family

Living in East Los Angeles, The Salazar’s are a proud, hard-working, Mexican-American family. Meet:

ESTHER, the abuela and family matriarch. Widowed for ten years after marrying young to the only man she’d ever dated, Esther is a traditional woman exploring her new found “liberation.” Her girlfriend Dora encourages her to enter the dating scene again, though Esther is nervous.


CESÁR and ADRIANA co-manage the family restaurant.  While they are content in their careers, they want more for their two children, college students with bright futures. Adriana and Cesár have a relationship familiar to many, but do we know what happens behind closed doors?


 ENRIQUE is Césars and Adriana’s openly-gay son. He is in his third year of law school, and active incommunity affairs and LGBT rights. Charming and charismatic, the family appears to accept his sexuality, and serious relationship. Will something come to light that changes everything?


CHRISTINA is a bright and attractive young woman in her second year at the local community college. She is the apple of her parents’ eye, especially her father. Christina has been dating her boyfriend Hector since high school. But Adriana is not blind to Hector’s indiscretions, a source of tension between mother and daughter.


Sin Vergüenza (Without Shame) was directed by Paco Farias


Eliana Alexander | Daniel E. Mora| Maria Richwine | JM Longoria III | Joanna Zanella

JorgeDiaz| Erick Carrillo | Dyana Ortelli | Jose de Vega| Mauricio Mendoza


Learn more about HIV and AIDS

Nearly 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection and 1 in 5 is unaware of their infection1. Startlingly, Latinos account 20% of new HIV infections2. As the Latino population in the U.S. is projected to increase to 30% by 2050, the potential for an increase in HIV infections among Latino populations is real.

Get HIV tested on a routine basis even if you believe you are not at risk of HIV. To find out how to get tested for HIV Click Here.

The use of condoms with new or steady sexual partners is essential to prevent STDs and HIV Click Here to explore AltaMed’s Condom Campaign and find out where to get your free condoms.

Stigmas associated with HIV and homophobia is prevalent among Latinos. A common stereotype in the Latino community is that only homosexual men are at risk of HIV. Learn more about stigmas and facts related to HIV Click Here.

1Center for Disease Control and Prevention

 2Study conducted in 2009 by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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