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Author Topic: Thank you to those stigma warriors  (Read 132 times)

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Offline Almost2late

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Thank you to those stigma warriors
« on: May 21, 2015, 04:22:41 PM »
Been noticing as of lately people coming out against the stigma like that German magazine written in HIV+ blood to that HIV+ guy and his HIV- family.. I am humbled by their courage and also the support and understanding of many people HIV-..

And then this pastor who came out to her congregation..
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/21/hiv-positive-vicar-overwhelmed-by-response-to-video

also this PSA thats been airing here in Broward...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK5dzPjtdgI


Offline Joe K

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Re: Thank you to those stigma warriors
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2015, 04:41:20 PM »
Hey Almost,

Thank you for the links.  The pastor was simply amazing and the Broward PSA shows great progress.  Social media has created so many new avenues, where we can share the reality of being HIV positive. 

In 1991, I agreed to do a story for the Detroit Free Press on what life was like being poz.  I knew that putting my face to the disease was a risk, not only to me, but my daughter, ex-wife, family and friends.  I also knew that if I didn't do it, possibly no one else would, as the paper had asked many to be the subject of the story.

So there I was, a half-page picture of my head, next to all my pill bottles, on the front of the Living Section of the Detroit Free Press.  My doubt began immediately upon publication.  Comments came back to me, through various sources, both bad, but mostly good.  Then I was out cutting my grass one day, and my next door neighbor came over to me.  She stood there for a minute, and said she had read about me in the paper.  She took a step, hesitated and grabbed me and gave me one of the best hugs I have ever had.

It was at that moment, that I knew that knowledge is indeed power.  The more we know, the less we fear.

Joe

Offline Almost2late

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Re: Thank you to those stigma warriors
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2015, 09:36:22 PM »
Thanks for sharing that Joe.. It really touched me, thank you.. would love to read that article..

I think bringing the stigma subject to social media helps not just those who are hiv- but also people like me who are having trouble accepting ourselves..

Just like to share this one more if I may, it's not super new but it was new to me and was emotionally comforting to me, don't know if I'm making sense here..

http://www.wemakethechange.com/faces/

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Thank you to those stigma warriors
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 01:49:41 PM »
Stigma warriors RULE! They are an essential  part of how we will ultimately end the epidemic.

ROCK ON!
Andy Velez

 


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