Each day across the globe almost 7,000 people, including 900 children, will contract HIV, joining an estimated 34.2 million people already living with HIV. During any 24 hours more than 4,600 people around the world will die of an AIDS-related cause.
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.
On Friday, September 21 anyone can record a special image, a time with friends and family, at work or play, or any moment in the day that helps people better understand how HIV impacts people, loved ones, colleagues and communities. Photos need to be submitted by Tuesday, September 25 on the A Day with HIV web site. Follow A Day with HIV’s Facebook page or on Twitter @A_Day_With_HIV to see updates and selected photographs, and to share the site and its vision with friends to help spread the word.
“We’re asking everyone affected by HIV, whether they are positive or negative, to share with all of us an image of their life that expresses what it means to live with HIV,” said Jeff Berry, editor of Positively Aware. “Their images, captured over a single day, will create a rich photographic tapestry of hope, strength and support.”
The final photos selected for the photo essay of A Day with HIV will be announced in October 2012 and will be published in the November/December issue of Positively Aware magazine. Positively Aware will produce four covers for this special issue featuring a different photo from the essay.
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, www.adaywithhiv.com.
Statistics are from the 2011 United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) as reported in the Huffington Post.
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 www.positivelyaware.com or www.tpan.com.