April #153 : Baring It All - by Kat Noel

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Go Tell It On the Mountain

The Holy Grail

Uniting With Might

Bearing Witness

The Glory and the Power




The Shingles Life

Tame the Pain (and the itch)

Can Selzentry Do More Than Suppress Viral Load?

Vitamin D...Sizzles!

Recycle Your Meds For Earth Day

For HPV: Another Pap Smear and a Vax

Say It: Women Get AIDS*

Herbal Essence

Check That Thyroid

Travel Positively

Alternating Currents




Clueless

Cut, Print, It’s a Wrap!

Spring Musts!

Baring It All

Criminal Minds?

Sir Alick Goes To Grenada




Editor's Letter-April 2009

Letters-April 2009

Passing the Torch



 
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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April 2009


Baring It All

by Kat Noel

Advocates shed their clothes and some light on HIV in the Southwest.

Inspired by POZ’s May 2004 10th anniversary cover (created by Spencer Tunick) depicting 80 unclothed HIV-positive readers, the Men’s Sexual Health and Personal Empowerment (MSHAPE) created The Naked Truth campaign. The Arizona ads feature nude men and women who are either living with or are affected by HIV.

Now in its third year, the campaign spotlights 21 people and their personal experiences about contracting the disease and fighting to halt the epidemic. “Being nude shows the bare truth about the virus,” says Dave Martinez, MSHAPE’s program manager. “There’s nothing for us to hide under.”

The attention-grabbing images plastered on posters and postcard-like fliers are distributed to numerous gay bars and community centers to inspire people to rethink drug use and unsafe sex. But Martinez stresses that not everyone’s narrative has a happy ending. “These are real stories about people who have made mistakes and are now trying to make changes.” Hats and pants off to that!

Log on to gmhp.org/nakedtruth to read their stories.

Search: MSHAPE, nude men, HIV


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