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A Day With HIV 2012

November/December 2012

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6:00 a.m.: Chicago. Hospital Corpsman Second Class Le'Mikas Lavender, U.S Navy: Getting ready to man the watch.

6:00 a.m.: Chicago. Hospital Corpsman Second Class Le'Mikas Lavender, U.S Navy: Getting ready to man the watch.


Begun in 2010 as "A Day with HIV in America," Positively Aware's photo campaign focused on stigma in the U.S. From the start, however, there were photo submissions that made us realize that people everywhere are dealing with HIV with the same hope and determination. A Day with HIV is about breaking down boundaries -- between positive and negative, straight and gay. It only made sense to transcend national borders, too.

Utilizing social media, A Day with HIV spread the word: Grab your digital camera or smartphone, capture a moment of your day on Sept. 21, and share your story with the world.

A Day With HIV logo

Nearly 175 photos were taken that day. In addition to the U.S., pictures came from Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Uruguay, and the island of Cyprus. In fact, the first photo arrived via email, less than 90 minutes into A Day with HIV (Chicago time) from Ji Wallace, the Australian Olympic athlete who had only recently come out as HIV-positive.

What makes so many of the pictures taken on A Day with HIV so powerful are the words that illustrate the images. It's the story behind the photo that makes the image so compelling. For a young man in Kansas, the words "A Day with HIV" are all too literal: he has just tested positive. But he's already begun educating himself about what he needs to know and is about to begin treatment; he's actually more concerned about easing his mother's worries for his health. In his picture, the only thing visible is his t-shirt, bearing the words: "I am awesome."

We might come from different places, different walks of life, but on Sept. 21, we saw that people are the same. They have hope, determination, and dignity. That's A Day with HIV.

Visit www.adaywithhiv.com to see the full photo set.

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This article was provided by Positively Aware. It is a part of the publication Positively Aware. Visit Positively Aware's website to find out more about the publication.
 
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