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"A Day with HIV" on September 21 will Capture a Photographic Portrait of Living with HIV

A DAY WITH HIV - Friday 21 SEPTEMBER 2012 -

Positively Aware magazine sponsors 3rd annual photo essay to be published in November/December 2012 issue

CHICAGO, Ill. (August 30, 2012) - Whether you're HIV negative or positive, live with HIV or care for someone with HIV, Positively Aware, is asking people to share their stories through the lens of a camera on one, single day, September 21. The second annual A Day with HIV in America will capture the collective portrait of those living with HIV to help remove the stigma of HIV and to advance a community of care and support.

ON SEPT. 21st, take your best shot against HIV

2011 Photo: 7:00 PM: New York City Jack Mackenroth, HIVpositive: But on one day, Friday, September 21, people everywhere, both HIV positive and negative, can share an image of coping and care through the lens of a camera. On that day, Positively Aware , is asking people to take a digital photograph to record a moment of their day that will focus the world's attention on the daily trials and triumphs of people living with HIV. For the third year A Day with HIV will help remove the stigma of HIV and to advance an international community of care through this collective photographic portrait.

"We're asking all Americans affected by HIV to share with all of us an image of their life living with HIV," said Jeff Berry, editor of Positively Aware. "Their vantage points captured over a single day will create a rich photographic tapestry of hope, strength and support that will help tear away the stigma of living with HIV in America today."

Participants from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to participate in taking pictures on Sept. 21. One of the objectives of this project is to tear down barriers-and show how we are all affected by HIV.

2011 PHOTO: 7:30 AM: Washington, DC Cyber activist Justin B Terry-Smith, HIV-positive since 2005, fights HIV with his children's book, I Have a Secret, his video blog The final photos selected for the photo essay of A Day with HIV in America will be announced in October 2011 and will be published in the November/December issue of Positively Aware magazine. Positively Aware will also premiere the photos at the U.S. Conference on AIDS, November 10-13 in Chicago, Ill.

To learn more about this year's project, view last year's winners and for tips on how to take a great photo on September 21, visit, .

  1. Statistics are from the 2011 United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) as reported in the Huffington Post

Media Contact:
Name: Kim Novino
Bridgeman Communications
Phone: 617-742-7270

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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 to be 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 or .

About TPAN
TPAN empowers everyone living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to live open, healthy, and productive lives. TPAN innovates to deliver peer-led support programs and collaborative wellness services and to communicate comprehensive information. TPAN will do so until HIV/AIDS is eradicated.For more information, please visit

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