August 30, 2012
Image courtesy of queermeup.com.
All too often, the voices, faces, and needs of people living with HIV/AIDS are silenced or sidelined in favor of those with bigger pockets. This was all-too often the case at the recently past International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., as the faces and voices of people -- especially women -- living with HIV/AIDS were suspiciously absent from panels, sessions, and discussions. As the world's most profitable AIDS conference -- which was also heavily sponsored by big pharmaceutical companies -- this silencing is brazen, but unfortunately not all that surprising.
But thanks to Positively Aware, people living with HIV/AIDS will truly the chance to be seen, heard, and to saturate the internet and social media. On Friday, September 21st, Positively Aware is hosting "A Day With HIV," where people all across the world, both HIV positive and negative, are asked to share an image of themselves to humanize what it means to be living with HIV. According to Positively Aware, the goal of A Day With HIV is to "remove the stigma of HIV and to advance an international community of care through this collective photographic portrait."
This will be the initiative's third year, and is a refreshing campaign that emphasizes what many of us marched for in the We Can End AIDS march: people over profits.
Perusing last year's photos, which you can see here, viewers are given snapshots into other people's lives, and create a sense of community and overwhelmingly prove that we are not alone in our struggles or our triumphs.
To learn more about how to participate, visit the A Day With HIV's website.