Additional Resources: Hemophilia & HIV

Survivor: One Man’s Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis C

Vaughn Ripley

Story of courage after a diagnosis of HIV: how Ripley turned his life around to become a professional database administrator, and how medical advances allowed him and his wife to become parents.

Dying in Vein

Kathy Steward MacKay and Stacy Milbouer

Stirring photo journal of individuals and families with hemophilia affected by HIV and hepatitis. Portrays people who suffer, become advocates, and mourn loved ones.


Shelby Smoak

Tender, exquisite memoir of Shelby’s life from 1990 to 1998, with flashbacks to share college, dating, career difficulties experienced by a young adult with hemophilia and HIV. Sponsored by Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group.

Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale
Necessary Films

Gripping documentary about how HIV and hepatitis C contaminated the US blood supply in the 1970s and 1980s; the role of various organizations and companies; effects on hemophilic families; how community advocates changed the blood-banking system.

Vial023: A Father’s Pursuit of Justice

Gary William Cross

In memoir, Cross recalls his pivotal role in the nation’s “hemophilia HIV pandemic”: his 17-year-old son Brad died in 1993 after becoming infected with HIV as a child through contaminated clotting factor.