Three years ago, we here at Positively Aware magazine launched A Day with HIV , our anti-stigma photo campaign. With more than 50,000 new HIV infections each year in the U.S. alone, we understood that the stigma often associated with HIV was preventing people from getting tested, starting treatment, or discussing their status with loved ones and potential partners.
Now in its fourth year, the idea behind A Day with HIV remains the same. On September 21 people everywhere, both HIV positive and negative, take a picture to show what it means to live in a world with HIV—because positive or negative, HIV affects us all. Take a photo that says something about you or expresses a feeling you want to share, and then write a caption to go with it. Last year nearly 200 participants from 12 countries submitted photos on our website or via email. This year people everywhere will again share their stories, regardless of their status, and coming together on one day, Saturday, September 21— A Day with HIV. We invite you to join us, and help take a stand against stigma.
From the beginning, we found that it’s the captions that make these images so incredibly powerful and moving. William is only one of several past participants who have decided to use A Day with HIV to “come out” for the first time about their HIV status. Seen smiling and flashing a victory sign, William says, “This picture was my way out of the closet. I decided that after hiding my HIV status for 20 years it was time to show my friends and family the true me…I am free!”
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