|"A Day With HIV In America" Pictorial Depicts Diverse Face of Aids in U.S.|
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POSITIVELY AWARE, a leading magazine devoted to HIV treatment, today announced that “A Day With HIV In America,” a photo essay published in the new November/December 2010 issue of the print magazine, is viewable online at www.adaywithhiv.com, tying in with World AIDS Day on December 1. Taken in cities and towns around the country on September 21, 2010, this series of 100 photos – of which only 26 were selected for the print edition - puts a human face on AIDS by depicting a diverse range of HIV-positive Americans as they live their everyday lives.
Said POSITIVELY AWARE editor Jeff Berry: “For many people, World AIDS Day is a somber day of remembrance for those who have died from the disease, and a day to educate on how to prevent transmission of the disease. Yet as vital as these aspects are, World AIDS Day should also be a day for hope. ‘A Day With HIV In America’ reminds us that HIV-positive people are not victims marching towards the grave, nor can they be easily categorized. We represent all sexual orientations, races, ages, and walks of life, and we are living full, complete lives.”
Since 1988, World Aids Day has been commemorated on December 1 of each year. The concept of the day was created by two public information officers for the WHO's Global Programme on AIDS, James Bunn and Thomas Netter. Bunn and Netter's intention was to make this day an opportunity to focus media coverage and general awareness around AIDS prevention. They presented their idea to Jonathan Mann, Director of the WHO Programme, and World AIDS Day was a go. The day was enormously successful at generating interest in AIDS, its victims, and prevention of the disease. In 1996,World AIDS Day was moved under the aegis of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In addition to its emphasis on AIDS awareness, World AIDS day is also a day of awareness. Each year, memorial events are held around the world in honor of all those who have died from the disease.
Each year's World AIDS Day has had a different theme addressing a particular aspect of the AIDS crisis, beginning with Communication, Youth, and Women with AIDS in its first three years. More recent themes have included Stigma and Discrimination and Universal Access and Human Rights. 2010's theme is "Act Aware," emphasizing the role of individuals in stopping the spread of HIV and fighting prejudice against its victims.
All the submissions for “A Day With HIV In America” can be viewed at www.adaywithhiv.com.