"A Day with HIV" will Create a
Photographic Tapestry of Life with HIV
Positively Aware magazine joined by Mondo Guerra, David France,
and Duane Cramer in fourth annual photo essay
CHICAGO, IL (September 5, 2013) - Fashion designer and HIV advocate Mondo Guerra and others are joining forces
with Positively Aware for the magazine's annual A Day with HIV photo essay campaign. For the fourth
year, A Day with HIV will help fight the stigma
of HIV and advance a community of caring through this collective photographic portrait.
On one day, Saturday, September 21, people everywhere, both HIV-positive and negative, will join in the fight against HIV. Positively Aware
is asking people to take a digital photograph on that day to record a moment that will focus attention on the daily trials and triumphs
of people living with HIV and those who care for them.
With over 50,000 new HIV infections each year in the U.S. alone, the isolation and sense of loneliness and despair that can come with
a new diagnosis touches each and every one of us in some way. The stigma often associated with HIV and AIDS can prevent people from
getting tested, starting treatment, or disclosing their status to loved ones and potential partners.
"I know from personal experience how powerful and life-changing it can be to make a public statement about HIV, and also how scary
it is for some," says Mondo. "I'm thrilled to be able to lend my support to 'A Day with HIV' this year."
The images selected for the photo essay will be announced in October and published in the November/December issue. Positively Aware
will produce four covers for this special issue featuring different photos from the campaign that will be chosen by a panel of judges.
This year's judges include Guerra, of Project Runway fame, renowned celebrity photographer Duane Cramer, and David France, the
Oscar-nominated producer and director of the AIDS documentary How to Survive a Plague.
Photos taken on September 21 need to be submitted by Wednesday, September 25 on the A Day with
HIV website or emailed
to firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow
A Day with HIV on its Facebook
page , on Twitter @A_Day_With_HIV , or
on Instagram to see updates and selected photographs
from last year, and to share the campaign and its vision with friends and family. A Day with HIV and Positively Aware will
be at the United States Conference on AIDS in New Orleans September 8-11.
To learn more about this year's project, view last year's pictures, and get tips on how to take a great photo on September 21,
About Positively Aware
Positively Aware is a magazine devoted to HIV treatment and wellness. With a circulation of more than 100,000, it is published
bi-monthly by Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) in Chicago and is the only publication of its kind produced by a non-profit
AIDS agency. Founded in 1987, TPAN is Chicago's oldest peer-led AIDS service organization and specializes in treatment
information, support services and prevention. For more information, please
visit www.positivelyaware.com or www.tpan.com.
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