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Norwalk-Based HIV Equal Seeks To End HIV Stigma

"Berlin Patient" Timothy Ray Brown participating in the HIV Equal campaign.
"Berlin Patient" Timothy Ray Brown participating in the HIV Equal campaign. Photo Credit: Thomas Evans

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk-based organization HIV Equal seeks to end HIV stigma and encourage inclusiveness via social media. 

“We’re committed to ending HIV stigma and stigma that prevents people from getting HIV tested," said Dr. Gary Blick, chief medical officer of World Health Clinicians. "In doing so, we will stem and reverse the rise in HIV infection rates among men who have sex with men, and other vulnerable populations, here in the States."

The social media campaign aims to change the conversation about HIV testing with the empowering message “I Am _______. I Am HIV Equal." emblazoned in pink. 

HIV Equal also offers free, confidential HIV rapid tests. 

"I began my work in the field at the beginning of the epidemic, and like my colleagues I find a rise in infection rates unacceptable," said Blick. "We’re bringing awareness to youth who need it most, and we’re doing it in a very creative, proactive, and affirming way.”

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