Snap a Photo for "A Day with HIV in America" TODAY

By: Joe Thompson

Positively Aware magazine is inviting people across America to snap a digital photograph at any time over the course of today, September 21, and send it in for their second annual A Day with HIV in America. The idea is to capture the collective portrait of those living with HIV to help remove the stigma of HIV and advance a community of care and support.

"We're asking all Americans affected by HIV to share with all of us an image of their life living with HIV," said Jeff Berry, editor of Positively Aware. "Their vantage points captured over a single day will create a rich photographic tapestry of hope, strength and support that will help tear away the stigma of living with HIV in America today."

The image can focus on anything you want as long as it features a person living with HIV; naturally, that same person needs to authorize the photo submission. Participants can record a portrait, time with friends and family at work or play, or any moment in the day that helps the world better understand how HIV affects their lives. Here's the other info:

•Photos must be taken TODAY, September 21
•Photos must be submitted by September 26 on the A Day with HIV in America website
•Selected photos will be announced in October 2011 and published in the November/December issue of Positively Aware magazine
•Positively Aware will also premiere the photos at the U.S. Conference on AIDS, November 10-13 in Chicago

Follow A Day with HIV in America's Facebook page or on Twitter @A_Day_With_HIV. In those places you can view updates and selected photographs, and share the site and its vision with friends to help spread the word.