I don’t think there is a person on earth that can argue logically that there isn’t a stigma surrounding HIV. I think this picture being posted by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Facebook page of Chelsea Clinton couldn’t be better timing after the recent PR mess up by Paris Hilton.
It’s important that icons to the LGBT community express support for those living with HIV/AIDS. Have no doubt that whether you like one or both of these women they have both been icons to the LGBT community. Paris Hilton’s original comments in the back of a taxi highlighted much of the ignorance and stigma those living with this disease have to face on a regular basis, but her comments in her apology highlighted the reason why I believe all people should support those living with HIV/AIDS and why everyone should help fight the spread of HIV and help support causes trying to find a cure when she said, “HIV/AIDS can hurt anyone, gay and straight, men and women.”
This photo was taken as part of the Big Push. As mentioned on the Huffington post the big push was:
Initiated by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in partnership with The Huffington Post, The Big Push is a digital campaign to rally support for our goal to virtually eliminate global deaths from these three deadly diseases and achieve other global health goals.
Chelsea is not just standing with the Global Fund because of stigma, the issue that caught my eye when I first saw this photo, but for an even larger cause associated with this disease, to stop deaths associated with it.
I stand with the Global Fund and Chelsea Clinton in saying there is no shame about being HIV positive and it’s time we support causes trying to end death (and stigma) associated with HIV (and TB and Malaria).
Thank you Chelsea Clinton for your support of this issue.
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