Taking a Stand on HIV/AIDS
Pukaar April 2010 Issue 69
In the hustle and bustle leading up to the 2009 Manila Pride March, I almost forgot that I, along with two other members of the Executive Committee (ExeCom) of Task Force Pride (TFP) Philippines 2009, joined a World AIDS Day (WAD) campaign initiated by the writer and make-up artist, Anna Santos. Anna, who has taken up HIV/AIDS advocacy recently, attended the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia in August.
It was in Bali that she thought up the idea of a “Dare to Bare” WAD campaign. The campaign was going to showcase photographs of various advocates wearing nothing but the iconic AIDS ribbon “to make a stand, and to hopefully change the way (people) look at HIV/AIDS” and would be carried by different publications including the Manila Times, Spot, Herword, WMN, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and Cosmo magazine online nearor around 1 December 2009.
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