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Battling HIV-associated Stigma for "A Positive Tomorrow"

SEP 07, 2016 | KRISTI ROSA
White recently spoke with Contagion on how his organization aims to achieve its goal. He wrote, “Some of the things that A Positive Tomorrow is doing in order to end stigma include posting articles that highlight what those of us who are positive go through on a daily basis. Standing up and letting people know that we are out there and letting them know what we go through is a great way to begin to fight stigma. We also try and attend as many local events as possible to set up a booth to educate those in our community about HIV, which will help further our fight.”

In addition to the commitment to break HIV-associated stigma, A Positive Tomorrow reminds everyone that they are not alone. In fact, they have a page on their official website entitled “We Are Not Alone,” which allows people to share their own personal stories with others, reminding them that they are not alone and providing them with a safe place to share their own experiences.

By the end of the year, A Positive Tomorrows aims to raise $10,000. With this money, they strive to develop programs for HIV education that can be used in local health facilities and create a support group where anyone who is affected by HIV can go to share their own experiences.

As the organization reaches its goals, White will take on a number of challenges. According to the website, when they reach $500, White will complete an “Ice Tub Challenge,” when they reach $1,000, he will complete a “Hot Wax Challenge,” at $2,500, he will take on a “Karaoke Challenge,” at $5,000, white will complete an “Eat It or Wear It Challenge,” and at the end goal of $10,000, White will take on a “Ghost Pepper Challenge.”

Additionally, White told us, “We are also working on hosting a color run this year for the first time which will help to gather attention to our fight and further increase our strides we are making against stigma.”

The Color Me Red 5K will be held on November 19, 2016, at Jacksonville Commons in Onslow County, North Carolina.
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