Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

Can Something "POSITIVO" Come From Being HIV Positive? New Campaign Says Yes

October 23, 2013

Philadelphia is currently playing host to POSITIVO, a brand-new, city-backed campaign that shows the faces of Latinos living with and affected by HIV, but does not tell the viewer each individual's status, NewsWorks reports. The images posted in shops and on street corners around Philadelphia feature people engaged in normal, everyday activities: on public transit, in the park, hugging and smiling.

The campaign is spearheaded by the Gay and Lesbian AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI), which co-hosted TheBody.com's Twitter chat on HIV and the Latino community. The campaign strove to show the faces of those living with HIV and not models, so that people could see their neighbors and friends and identify with those in the ads.

Rafael Alvarez, featured in one of the posters, participated in the project because he wanted to refute the stereotype that Latinos are homophobic and overly stigmatizing of those living with HIV. He said:

Perceptions are reality, [a]nd if the perception of a community is negative or labeled in ignorance, then that's what's going to be the reality.

Louie Ortiz, the creator of POSITIVO, hopes that the posters will make the term "positivo" one of hope and will translate to more people getting tested for HIV. Also, he hopes to create a dialogue about HIV through the campaign posters, which will be up through the end of the year in Philadelphia.

Mathew Rodriguez is the editorial project manager for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.

Follow Mathew on Twitter: @mathewrodriguez.


Copyright © 2013 Remedy Health Media, LLC. All rights reserved.


Related Stories

HIV & Me: A Guide to Living With HIV for Hispanics
The Body en Español
Quiz: Are You at Risk for HIV?
10 Common Fears About HIV Transmission
More on HIV Awareness and Prevention in the U.S. Latino Community


This article was provided by TheBody.com.
 

Reader Comments:

Comment by: Louie Ortiz (Philadelphia) Wed., Oct. 30, 2013 at 11:28 am EDT
i read the newswork article it does not state that all individuals featured are HIV positive. in fact it quotes one of the individuals stating that he is negative. i am sure that thebody.com understands that disclosure is choice. so again, I ask you to correct the "shows the faces of Latinos living with HIV" sentence. thanking you in advance.
Reply to this comment


Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:


Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:

 
Advertisement