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PHOTOS: Get Your Cameras Ready for A Day with HIV

PHOTOS: Get Your Cameras Ready for A Day with HIV

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Last year, 11 countries on five continents sent in photos for Positively Aware's Day With HIV. Area you ready to do it again tomorrow?

On Tuesday, September 9, Positively Aware magazine is asking people from around the globe — regardless of their HIV status — to participate in A Day with HIV, the magazine’s fifth annual anti-stigma photo campaign. Grab your smartphone or digital camera to capture a moment of your day that tells your own personal story, whether it's you at work, at home with your family, or having a beer at the bowling alley — whatever you think helps the world better understand how HIV affects your life, whether you're positive, negative, or neutral.

This year Positively Aware is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to better get the word out about their wonderfully powerful digital photo initiative. 

“A Day with HIV is about joining forces and banding together to help overcome HIV stigma and discrimination," says Jeff Berry, editor of Positively Aware. "Only by working in partnership with those of different status will we begin to overcome the fear and shame that prevents us from getting tested, from protecting ourselves or our partners, or from accessing care and starting treatment.”

We pulled some of our favorite shots from last year's Day with HIV. See below, along with info on where to send your snapshots tomorrow.

8-15-am-david-bayer8:15 AM: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
David Bayer: Taking to the road. Taking to life. Taking the opportunities that life gives us. Taking time to be grateful. Taking time to smile. Taking time to pay forward and taking time to be there for myself and family. Life is good!

Dwh0210:30 AM: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
David Smith: Me (left, HIV-negative) and my partner Brian Bongner (HIV-positive) take a crash nap with Emma Dogg after early morning errands and breakfast before taking on the rest of the day.   

Dwh0810:30 AM: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Marco Zamora: After my one-hour yoga workout. Daily exercise and good eating habits have helped me conquer HIV, and not the other way around. I want to live a long healthy life to show myself and others that this disease cannot eradicate us. My friends and family have been the other supportive part of this journey and I would have not gotten as far without them.

Dwh0911:00 AM: ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Amy Levy: We are an adoptive family and some of our family members are HIV-positive. We choose to live an openly disclosed life, living without shame or fear. We hope to educate others with love and kindness and hope to receive love, kindness and acceptance in return.
Dwh0311:00 AM: SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
Maria Flor: Portrait of a daily routine—four pills a day.

Dwh1212:00 NOON: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
Rob Newells: Men's Weekend at Imani Community Church, where I am an out, gay, HIV-positive minister leading the congregation's comprehensive health education program through the Life Care Ministry as well as our community HIV prevention and treatment advocacy and education program called Healing Faith.

Dwh0412:00 NOON: ST. KILDA, VICTORIA; AUSTRALIA
Mark Emmet White: My best friend took this shot of me in my backyard. Every day is A Day with HIV for me—and I am proud to make that a known in my everyday life. Regardless of what day it is, my red wristband (which I am displaying over my knuckles in the photo) is a permanent fixture on my left wrist.

Dwh062:30 PM LONDON, ENGLAND
Garry Brough (front row, center, white t-shirt): Members of our myHIV online community forums, while we attending the Positively UK Conference on Activism and Engagement with over 100 other PLHIVs. Most of those in the pic are part of our online peer support volunteer team, who chat and share their experience with other members online and especially those who find the site shortly after diagnosis and need reassurance and information from people who personally understand.
Dwh052:45 PM: HIGH POINT, NORTH CAROLINA
Chris Whitsett: This is me with the meds that I have to take every day to remain healthy and undetectable.

Dwh013:00 PM: ISLAS MARIETAS, OFF THE COAST OF MEXICO
Josh Steinmetz: “My first dive.”

Dwh103:45 PM: NEW YORK CITY
Lee Raines: I attended an exhibition, "Graphic Alert: AIDS Posters from around the World.” It was interesting to see how different cultures convey information about AIDS. One poster, San Francisco AIDS Foundation's “Be Here For The Cure—Get Early Treatment For HIV,” captured my attention. I tested HIV-positive in 1989. My decision to get tested and start treatment early was essential to my survival.

Dwh114:26 PM: ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
Maralyn Gil: I am a 58-year-old mother of three, grandmother of eight, and a widow. I have AIDS, but AIDS doesn't have me. I am an activist and peer mentor. I was diagnosed in Belize and I fight every day against stigma.

Dwh0711:00 PM MAISONS LAFFITTE, FRANCE
Gregory Costa: It was the birthday of a friend. We were dancing all the night, so I grabbed a guitar and played like a mad man!

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.