On Sept. 21, more than 170 people from around the world took photographs which, presented together, tell the collective story of the trials and triumphs of living with HIV.
Described as imagery that depicts "joy and resolve," that stunning series has been exhaustively collected into "A Day With HIV," which officials hope will not only humanize HIV/AIDS, but also challenge the ongoing stigma that frequently accompanies those who have been diagnosed as HIV positive.
Saying he hopes the campaign "has begun to tear down the walls of shame and silence that surround HIV" since its inception, Test Positive Aware Network's Jeff Berry wrote in a blog for HuffPost Gay Voices: "One thing that I've learned in the 23 years since receiving my HIV diagnosis is that we're all in this together. I could never have made it this far without the help of others and the kindness of strangers, many of whom are no longer with us."
Berry, who is the editor of Positively Aware magazine, then went on to note, "They helped make my own "day" with HIV, and my journey through life, a little brighter -- and a whole hell of a lot less scary."
Forty-four images were selected from more than 170 submitted to be included in next month's issue of Positively Aware magazine. A full showing of many more of these photographs is now available online at the A Day with HIV website.
Take a look at a sample of those photographs below: