Video: 'Project Runway' Designer Launches New Video in Online Series to Educate About Living with HIV and AIDS and Help Combat HIV Stigma

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Jack Mackenroth interviews HIV and AIDS advocates at the United States Conference on AIDS for 'Living Positive By Design: Creating Positive Conversations' video series

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

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).

About Merck

Today's Merck is working to help the world be well. Through our medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer and animal products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching programs that donate and deliver our products to the people who need them. Merck. Be Well. For more information, visit

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This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. The forward-looking statements may include statements regarding product development, product potential or financial performance. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Merck undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this press release should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect Merck's business, particularly those mentioned in the risk factors and cautionary statements in Item 1A of Merck's Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2008, and in any risk factors or cautionary statements contained in the Company's periodic reports on Form 10-Q or current reports on Form 8-K, which the Company incorporates by reference.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV/AIDS in the United States. (August 2008) Available at: Accessed April 1, 2009.

SOURCE Merck & Co., Inc.


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