TheBody.com Observes Positively Aware's A Day With HIV

On Sept. 9, 2014, people in 13 countries on four continents snapped photos during the same 24-hour period. Every picture told a story -- a story about a person's day with HIV. The initiative, led by Positively Aware, a publication published by the Test Positive Aware Network, is an HIV awareness and anti-stigma photo campaign. According to A Day With HIV's website, the goal of the campaign is to confront stigma by sharing the pictures and stories of people who are affected by HIV.

On that day, several members of TheBody.com's team joined in the fight against stigma by submitting pictures. We here at TheBody.com understand that stigma can discourage HIV testing, it can discourage people from living openly and to their fullest health and it can cause HIV to continue to spread. As A Day With HIV notes, whether positive or negative, we all live with HIV in some way.

From Washington, D.C., Editorial Director Myles Helfand (@MylesatTheBody on Twitter) submitted:

Myles Helfand
ICAAC is one of a handful of HIV-related scientific meetings each year that we attend in person to cover for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Me and @WarrenAtTheBody are headed home from @ICAAC, but before we go: a selfie for #adaywithhiv (we took like 100).

Managing Editor Julie Davids snapped this picture from her apartment:

Julie Davids
I woke up with a cold, so I'm working from home, and set up this tableau for inspiration. Our cat’s name is TT PickleMouse RiceCakeBook, but we call him Pickle for short.

Community Editor Mathew Rodriguez wrote this while working remotely from a café:

Mathew Rodriguez
I took this photo in a coffee shop while I did work for TheBody.com. I am HIV-negative, but HIV is a part of my life every day. I lost my father to HIV, and my friends and loved ones continue to live with HIV proudly. As such, I do too.

Site Director Becky Allen also submitted a photo, also while working out of the office:

Becky Allen
Worked from home today, but I still snapped a pic to help end stigma for #adaywithhiv.

Did you participate in A Day With HIV? Whether you did or not, you can check out all the entries at A Day With HIV's online gallery.