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'My Status Is Not A Secret' Says New HIV Awareness Campaign: VIDEO


One of the greatest assets in fighting HIV transmission is being able to talk about the disease, for it's when things are hidden and kept secret that they grow into larger problems. Column Five Media is spearheading a new campaign called "My Status Is Not A Secret" which utilizes personal interviews with HIV positive and negative individuals to help break down the stigma of discussing status. Said Senior Producer for Column Five Ian Klein in an interview with Huffington Post:

My Status Is Not A SecretThis project is important because people, whether infected with or affected by HIV, as we all ultimately are, can learn a great deal through personal testimony, whether that be about the process of getting tested, effectively managing the disease, or preventing infection in the first place. Walking the line between normalizing HIV and encouraging less infection, is certainly tricky, but the importance of both is wildly important to overcoming this crisis.

You can watch the teaser for the project AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Another cool video about knowing your status and being open about it:

    Posted by: JRS | Apr 8, 2014 7:09:27 PM

  2. This guy Tye isnt he actor from some gay movie, I think Watercolors maybe? He is a good actor, hope his health issues does not prevent hin from getting roles.

    Posted by: Saturnalia | Apr 9, 2014 2:42:36 AM

  3. Another vapid toothless HIV awareness campaign. It's like someone forcefed ACTUP xanax and then watered down the message even more.

    FYI: I've been having fun with all the Truvada whores on Manhunt hitting me up to breed them lately, NOT. But yes, the number of offers has been a bit shocking.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Apr 9, 2014 7:25:34 AM

  4. QJ201: Wow you troll Manhunt then scorn the people who protect themselves. Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black. Why are you on manhunt trolling anyway if the behavior there disgusts you so much? Is it so you can seem so morally superior? Man whores should throw stones!

    Posted by: Liam | Apr 9, 2014 10:59:13 AM

  5. The brief comments here show that stigma and name calling is alive and well. Eradicating this is a goal so that people can get beyond shame to make better choices.

    Having lived through the 80's, I understand how the video may be perceived as water downed from the raw urgency and underlying panic that existed. Our attempt was not to recreate that but to capture the HIV experience as it lives today, which still feels urgent but in a personal way. In that sense, I think the videos and the site succeeds.

    Posted by: Parker Trewin | Apr 9, 2014 8:05:34 PM

  6. I think Millennials have turned a deaf ear to this one-sided campaigns because they stop at the moment you find out your status. Beyond that, you are on your own! They want us to know our status but dont want to say a word past a status test. Why would young people who are unsure of their status be encouraged to get it checked if all the PR campaigns are pretending like there is nothing to say after the test result? Its a stupid campaign like all the other ones - old people trying to reach Millennials and always missing the point.

    When these stupid campaigns take a stab at stigma particularly in the gay community, then young people might be encourages to test knowing they might not be marginalized by their own families... that is AGAIN. Having already been thru rejection once, why risk being rejected again by the only people who accept you, gay people? I think that fear is why many young gay men are not getting tested.

    Posted by: Drew Murray | Apr 15, 2014 8:30:35 AM

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