Video: 'Project Runway' Designer Launches New Video in Online Series to Educate About Living with HIV and AIDS and Help Combat HIV Stigma
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 17 -- Today Jack Mackenroth, a fashion designer from the hit reality television series "Project Runway," who has been living with HIV for more than 20 years, launched a new "Living Positive By Design: Creating Positive Conversations" online video as part of his national HIV and AIDS education initiative. The new video features discussions from this year's United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) in San Francisco, with Jack interviewing prominent advocates, celebrities and a local HIV doctor, about their important work to help the HIV and AIDS community. The Living Positive By Design campaign, supported by Merck & Co., Inc., and videos aim to confront HIV stigma and motivate HIV-positive people to have a positive outlook on life while effectively managing their disease.
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The new USCA "Living Positive By Design: Creating Positive Conversations" video is now available online. The video features Jack interviewing Cleve Jones, founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt; Sheryl Lee Ralph, acclaimed actress and founder of the HIV and AIDS benefit, "Divas Simply Singing"; Ongina, HIV-positive former contestant of "RuPaul's Drag Race"; and local San Francisco HIV specialist Dr. Lisa Capaldini, Medical Director of Castro Medical.
"I am thrilled to be able to share my interviews with such internationally renowned HIV and AIDS activists from this year's USCA, which marks the one year anniversary of the Living Positive By Design program," said Mackenroth. "These advocates were just four of the thousands who attended USCA this year to discuss important topics such as stigma, treatment and activism. I hope hearing about their important and courageous work will inspire others to join the fight against HIV and AIDS."
The new video and entire "Living Positive By Design: Creating Positive Conversations" video series can be posted to any social networking profile, emailed to a friend or embedded to a blog. For more information, please visit www.LivingPositiveByDesign.com.
Prevalence of HIV and AIDS(1)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2006 there were more than one million Americans living with HIV and AIDS. In the same year, an estimated 56,000 new cases were diagnosed in the U.S. Forty-nine percent of new diagnoses were among African Americans and 50 percent were among men who have sex with men (MSM).
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV/AIDS in the United States. (August 2008) Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/us.htm. Accessed April 1, 2009.
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