Scott Fried is an award-winning international public speaker, HIV/AIDS educator and author. He has devoted the past 22 years of his life to lecturing in nearly every state in this country, as well as Israel, England, Canada, Holland and Honduras, reaching more than a million people. He has spoken at over 1000 institutions, including colleges and universities, high schools and middle schools, summer camps, synagogues and churches and physician conferences. His lectures recently earned him the "Collaborative Program of the Year" Award at the University of Pittsburgh and the "Outstanding Education Event" Award at Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, he has lectured widely at youth retreats, juvenile detention centers and prisons, alternative schools, learning disabled populations, Gay/Straight Alliances, PTO meetings and teacher training workshops. Topics include sexual responsibility, abstinence, dating, transmission of HIV, diversity, eating disorders, body image, self-mutilation, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, dealing with divorce and broken-heartedness and intimacy in the age of social media, among others.
In the words of one participant, "His lectures are a lyrical cascade of words and emotions that paint a picture until the colors bleed to the edges and seep into your soul. He's a storyteller in a full-body sense, like a slam poet who moves and conducts words to connect with an audience."
Scott uses himself as Exhibit A. He begins each lecture with his story of how he got infected with HIV in 1987 at the age of 24, during his first and only unsafe sexual encounter. His unstoppable approach to educating others can be encapsulated into one thought: one must understand the value of one's own life, and hold it sacred, in order to refrain from dangerous behaviors that could lead to HIV infection and other crises. He is the author of three books. If I Grow Up: Talking with Teens about AIDS, Love & Staying Alive is a moving chronicle of his experiences and lectures. The book is part journal, part guide and part love-letter, researched and compiled from hundreds of lectures to 1000s of students across the country. My Invisible Kingdom: Letters From the Secret Lives of Teens, presents a cross-section of the thousands of letters from students who have written to Scott in an attempt to share their pain and doubt on such diverse topics as rape, eating disorders, suicide, self-mutilation, coming out, addiction and broken hearts. The book is also intended for parents and other adults who are concerned about the physical and psychological well-being of today's youth. His newest book is dedicated to the ten questions he wishes he had been asked as a teenager. In A Private Midnight: A Teenager's Scrapbook of Secrets, Fried reveals through the anonymous submission of answers and drawings from teenagers around the world that their unspoken fears, questions and restrained hope need to find a voice. A Private Midnight is an encouraging guide for parents and teachers who are struggling to understand what lies beneath a teenager's silence. Scott has been published in numerous international periodicals and newspapers and is featured in the books The Five Gifts of Illness: A Reconsideration, Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS, The Faces of AIDS: Lives at the Epicenter and The World is a Narrow Bridge: Stories that Celebrate Hope and Healing. He is an annual guest speaker at the Office of President Clinton in New York City.
Scott focuses his volunteer efforts annually towards helping the residents of Roatan, Honduras. Along with a team of intrepid volunteers and the Non-Governmental Organization, Familias Saludables, he helps to build houses and staircases for indigent families as well as conducting HIV/AIDS educational workshops, feeding prisoners and handing out 1000s of free condoms.
Scott lives in New York City.