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:
Managing Editor Julie Davids snapped this picture from her apartment:
Community Editor Mathew Rodriguez wrote this while working remotely from a café:
Site Director Becky Allen also submitted a photo, also while working out of the office:
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.