USF to Host Scott Fried Lecture

The University of South Florida invites the Tampa Bay community to join students for a free lecture titled Love, Sex, STIs, HIV: The Secret Lives of College Students by Scott Fried, an internationally-known inspirational speaker, who shares a message of sexual safety, responsibility, self-esteem and decision-making, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Cooper Hall (Room 103) on the Tampa campus.  

Fried speaks from his personal experiences after becoming infected with HIV on his first and only unsafe sexual encounter in 1987 when he was 24 years old. Since then, 131 of his friends have died of AIDS. Fried recounts that, upon learning of his disease, he became an original member of a support group that was visited by Jonathan Larson, who would later write the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical RENT. The support group inspired much of the dialog and music in the production.

Fried’s impassioned message has reached well beyond the theater. He has worked tirelessly promote his inspirational message to more than 750 institutions around the globe. He speaks annually at the Office of President Clinton in New York City and is the author of three books that shed light on his experience as a lecturer and the impact of his encounters with young people: If I Grow Up: Talking with Teens about AIDS, Love and Staying Alive;  My Invisible Kingdom: Letters From the Secret Lives of Teens; and A Private Midnight: A Teenager’s Scrapbook of Secrets. He is also featured in numerous publications, newspapers, and books. 

Fried remains a performer, appearing most recently in the New York revival of Bill Russell’s Elegies for Angers, Punk and Raging Queens. He has also portrayed the role of Benjamin in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and that of Bart Mesa, a young man living with AIDS on daytime TV’s Guiding Light. Fried was hired because they wanted an HIV-positive actor. 

In addition to Fried’s presentation to the USF community, he will provide the keynote address for the Florida Collegiate Pride Conference that is being hosted at USF on March 30 - April 1, 2012. 

More information about Fried and his work can be found at Media interest and questions should be directed to Renee Svec at 813-974-5383 or, or to Lara Wade at 813-974-9060 or