What is life like living with HIV?
In 2015, hopefully the reality is that it isn't that much different for from those who identify as HIV-negative. However, we still live in a society that very often operates within a culture of stigma and shame surrounding HIV.
In order to combat this, the "A Day With HIV" campaign is returning for 2015. This annual initiative provides a unique opportunity for individuals to utilize visual storytelling about their lives -- no matter what their HIV status is -- in order to "focus attention on what it means to live in a world with HIV," as a press release sent to The Huffington Post states.
Here's how it works: On Tuesday, Sept, 22, use your phone or digital camera to capture a special moment of your life to share with the rest of the world. Once you have your shot, compose a short caption and share this, along with the photo and time that it was shot, in one of three ways: post it on social media with the hashtag #adaywithhiv, e-mail it to email@example.com or upload it to adaywithhiv.com.
The result will be a mosaic of people living all around the world and sharing a moment in their life over a 24-hour period to "tackle misperceptions, stigma, and discrimination and break down barriers to HIV prevention, testing, and care."
A select number of images will be published in November and December in "Positively Aware" magazine, a not-for-profit HIV/AIDS treatment journal.
Additionally, four submitted images will be chosen as four different covers for the magazine.
Check out some photos from "A Day With HIV 2014" below.