Lauren Bosworth, a.k.a. "Lo," is back on MTV — but this time, the Hills alum is on the other side of the camera, executive-producing the documentary, I'm Positive. The 60-minute special chronicles the day to day lives of three young people with HIV, a subject that hit close to home for Lo.
"The idea came to me when a childhood friend told me that they were dating somebody who was HIV-positive—and I was amazed at the news," Lo tells In Touch. "I was asking questions like 'What is it like to date somebody who's HIV positive? If you're HIV-positive, how do you tell your loved ones, your friends your family?' This has not been a topic of conversation for my generation and kids who are younger, so I thought it was important to dispel mythologies about HIV."
And what better place to get across that information than that at MTV, where Lo learned a thing or two about storytelling as a star of Laguna Beach and The Hills? "When I was on The Hills, everyone on set would joke that I was the director on the talent side, because I understood what conversations were important to have," she laughs.
Another MTV mainstay, Dr. Drew Pinsky, also co-produced the project. "Working with Dr. Drew was a dream come true — I think a lot of people don't realize is that he's a medical doctor and the reason he got into media in the first place was because of HIV," says Lo. "He has a way of connecting to youth that is amazing. Kids trust Dr. Drew."
But the true stars of I'm Positive are without a doubt the relatable HIV-positive youths who open up to viewers about their struggles and triumphs (with family, friend and lovers) as they battle the virus. Says Lo, "We were so awed at how they shared their lives with us — it was truly brave."
I'm Positive airs on World Aids Day, Saturday, Dec. 1, on MTV at 7 p.m.