June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013
'Rise Up to HIV' Launches New Anti-Stigma Campaign

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you had a beary safe and great weekend. It was another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

The No Shame About Being HIV Positive campaign, a project of Rise Up To HIV, launched in January of 2013. This campaign quickly grew to over 400 photos accompanied by testimonials by people living with HIV and AIDS and our allies; see how you can join Dab the AIDS Bear and be a part of the campaign!

The campaign was readily featured by major HIV/AIDS social media outlets like The Body, Huffington Post, Poz Magazine, Positive Aware, Positive Lite and others.

The campaign has served as a source of inspiration and as a launching platform for many HIV/AIDS advocates and activists all across the globe. This Summer of 2013, we are accepting photos and stories to be featured in the follow up campaign titled “The Summer of No Shame About Being HIV Positive”. Goals of the campaign are to help reduce stigma and fear, educate, and inspire others to share their experiences, strengths and hope while LIVING with HIV/AIDS. We are also interested in developing a more permanent online tribute to those who have participated and to the overall HIV/AIDS Movement (name of project TBA).

Driven by people living with HIV/AIDS and our allies in the cause the campaign is harnessing the power of social media, which allows communities of people impacted by HIV to share their stories with all of us regardless of our status. “Understanding that someone who is HIV+ is living next door, teaching our children or is our relative or partner is still difficult for some folks. Let’s work towards ending the stigma of HIV and work towards building a more cohesive world” says Kevin Maloney Founder of Rise Up To HIV and the No Shame About Being HIV Positive Campaign.

How to join the campaign:

1) E-mail your photo and story (e mail on right side of press release)

2) Or visit the page of the campaign and message the page with your photo and story http://www.facebook.com/riseuptohivandhcv

What is HIV/AIDS Related Stigma?

HIV/AIDS-related stigma refers to prejudice, negative attitudes, abuse and maltreatment directed at people living with HIV and AIDS. The consequences of stigma are wide-ranging: being shunned by family, peers and the wider community; poor treatment in health care and education settings; erosion of rights; psychological damage; and has an overall negative effect on the success of HIV testing and treatment.

Hope you have a beary safe and great start to your week!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab