A Day With HIV in photographs

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Kevin_Irvine

Kevin Irvine and his daughter. Kevin Irvine of Chicago: “Dropping my daughter off at school. She loves first grade, but not smiling on cue for a picture! When I came to terms with having HIV 23 years ago, I thought I would never have the chance to be a dad.” - PHOTO: Positively Aware

A month ago images of a life with HIV came into focus on a single day.

On Sept. 21, more than 170 people from around the world took a photograph that, taken together, tells the collective story of the trials and triumphs of living with HIV. A record of that day is now captured in an online photo essay, A Day with HIV, released on Oct. 24 and soon to be published in Positively Aware.

"A Day with HIV, Positively Aware's anti-stigma photo campaign, tears down the walls of shame and silence that surround HIV by showing that, despite HIV, life goes on," said Jeff Berry, editor of Positively Aware. "By coming together on that one day, we build a virtual community of support and help raise awareness about HIV, not only in our own communities, but everywhere."

Some of the submitted photographs were from organizations such as the staff of the AIDS Project Los Angeles, the workers at the Walgreens on-site HIV-specialty pharmacy at Desert AIDS Project in Palms Springs, Calif., the MISTER team of NY, NY, or the researchers at the AIDS Clinical Trials Group in Boston, Mass., all of whom wanted to share the word about their work in supporting the HIV/AIDS community. 

This year's campaign also included the help of three judges who evaluated photographs and selected four different covers for the Nov.-Dec. issue of Positively Aware. Chuck Panozzo, bass player for Styx, Broadway performer and AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Diego Sanchez, senior legislative advisor to U.S. Representative Barney Frank, all contributed their time and talents to choose the final photographs for this campaign. 

On the Web…

http://www.adaywithhiv.com/