Video and Lesson Guide

An intimate view of one young woman’s battle with HIV, the compelling 14-minute documentary Ali Gertz: In Her Own Words chronicles the last four years of Alison Gertz’s life—from shortly after her diagnosis with HIV at the age of 22 to her death in 1992 at the age of 26. The video and companion lesson guide are approved by the New York City Department of Education.


The Ali Gertz: In Her Own Words lesson guide is designed to help educators reinforce the messages of the video and explore the issues it raises. It offers the basic facts on HIV/AIDS, including statistics on youth and HIV. It includes video discussion questions and exercises that engage participants. And it provides handouts, additional resources, and ideas for young people about how they can get involved in the fight against HIV.

You can purchase the video and lesson guide by completing the downloadable form or by calling the Love Heals office at 212-529-7935. A single copy is available free of charge to each New York City public school.

If I can get AIDS, then anyone can.

– Ali Gertz,
1966 — 1992

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