From Left: HIVPlusMag.com Editor Michelle Garcia, Associate Art Director Boo Jarchow, Managing Editor Neal Broverman, Creative Director Scott McPherson, Olympian and HIV Plus Cover Boy Ji Wallace, HIV Plus Editor-in-Chief Diane Anderson-Minshall, Ji’s partner Shaun Baldwin, Copy Editor Trudy Ring, and Editorial Director Matthew Breen.
Olympian silver-medalist Ji Wallace and his partner Shaun stopped by The Advocate & HIV Plus offices on Friday in Los Angeles. They were in town from Sydney competing in the L.A. Marathon, after raising $4,000 for APLA. Ji made headlines last year when he disclosed publicly that he was HIV-positive after seeing a Piers Morgan interview with Olympian Greg Louganis, whom he had the chance to meet with while in Los Angeles. Ji signed copies of the issue, which HIV Plus plans to auction off for charity in the coming weeks.
The Stigma Project completed it’s Winter 2013 campaign, titled Know HIV this week. The colorful array of educational graphics were shared daily for the last month on the organization’s Facebook page, as well as a number of other social media outlets. The intent is to provide easy to digest memes that would hopefully teach the public something they may not have known about HIV/AIDS, then share with their friends to educate them. Each graphic proclaims the clever slogan “KNOW HIV = NO HIV” in the caption field.
In a day when HIV is a manageable disease, the stigma associated with the virus has become a catalyst for new infections. Fear, apathy, ignorance, and lack of education cause people to not get tested, and in turn pass the virus onto others much more easily due to a high viral load (see the letter V) while putting their own health at risk.
After the jump, we present a preview of the campaign with the letters A-F. You can see the entire alphabet (and yes there’s even an X,Y, and Z) at www.thestigmaproject.org or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thestigmaproject.
National HIV Testing Day was earlier this week. There were posters, graphics, and ads everywhere telling you and your friends to get tested for HIV. After the jump check out a few interesting ones that caught our eye! Did you get tested?
Today marks what would have been artist Keith Haring’s 54th birthday. (He died at a young age due to an AIDS-related illness in 1991). To celebrate, Google, the world’s most visited website, updated it’s logo for the day. It features drawings similar to those of Haring’s, whose distinct style led him to become one of the most notable artists of his generation. Happy Birthday, Keith!
Keith Haring’s “Once Upon A Time” mural, which spans almost every inch of the second floor men’s bathroom at the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center in New York City, underwent a $25,000 conservation and is now open for public viewing through the month of March. To learn more about the 1989 mural, visit the New York Times.