I’ve had so much fun working on this World AIDS Day event for ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area). I’m not going to say too much about myself here; the real story is the campaign so I introduce you to #KissHIVGoodbye.
From November 1 though to December 1 ACCKWA is running a campaign called #KissHIVGoodbye to raise awareness, encourage conversation, and fight HIV stigma.
We could have chosen “Kick HIV goodbye,” or “Poke HIV in the eye” or “Give HIV the middle finger,” but we chose “Kiss HIV Goodbye” for a number of reasons:
1) We don’t like doom and gloom, fear-based messaging. We wanted something fun, non-threatening, inspiring, and accessible where people could get creative and enjoy participating!
2) We want to show that you don’t have to be afraid of someone who is living with HIV; casual contact, affection, and intimacy do not transmit HIV. In fact, such warmth and openness contribute to the reduction of HIV stigma, which has a positive impact on our prevention efforts.
3) MAC Cosmetics has a lipstick called MAC VIVA Glam. Every cent of the purchase of a VIVA Glam lipstick goes to the MAC AIDS fund, which helps support programs at AIDS Service Organizations like ours. It seemed like a natural fit!
We hope that the spirit of “kissing HIV goodbye” will inspire love over fear, compassion over discrimination, and understanding over indifference.
Carolyn Keays, Education Coordinator at ACCKWA
Photos: Wayne Bristow
Twitter: @AIDSCKW Hashtag: #KissHIVGoodbye
Facebook: ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area)
If you’re able to make a donation go to: www.canadahelps.org Search for ACCKWA.
If you just want to participate and show support, write #KissHIVGoodbye on a sheet of paper, take a selfie and share through ACCKWA’s site. If you share on Twitter, please include @AIDSCKW. Thanks!