HIV or AIDS might not be something we think about every day unless we know someone affected by it, but just because we can't see it doesn't mean it's not here. That's one of the many stigmas the Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS (a.l.p.h.a.) is trying to break on First Thursdays by showing a movie and starting a conversation.
This month, a.l.p.h.a will show We Were Here, a 2011 documentary about the AIDS crisis in San Francisco.
"We always try to look at how does this relate to HIV in Idaho, how far we've come in advocacy since the '80s and '90s, and what still needs to be done," said Jonny Walker, executive director of a.l.p.h.a. "People in Boise don't really see HIV. We are all really disconnected, so we try to hold a discussion on how this is relevant in our state."
A.l.p.h.a offers almost 1,500 free HIV tests every year, and estimates there are 15,000 people in Idaho living with HIV. They also offer snacks and refreshments during the free film screening, set for 6 p.m. at the a.l.p.h.a. offices, 1009 W. Bannock St.