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Watch: New Campaign Empowers Men Living with HIV


"HIV is something that is a part of them, not who they are as people and doesn’t hold them back."

In an attempt to combat stigma within the gay community, the Gay Men's Health Charity (GFMA) released the video "Living with HIV."

The clips features 11 men from different backgrounds--including an adult film star, a swimming coach, and an actor--and shows how they continue living healthy lives.

GMFA's Interim CEO, Ian Howley speaks about the stigma and its impact. "In 2016, people living with HIV should not be feared or made to feel ashamed for having the virus. Although recent work by GMFA and others has helped shift some of the stigma associated with the virus, there is still a huge mountain to climb."

A recent study by GMFA shows that 90% of HIV-positive men believe that the stigma surrounding HIV likely discourages positive gay men from dislosing their status to friends, family, sex partners, etc., and that 75% are reluctant to tell others for fear of stigma.

"This campaign is all about empowering gay and bisexual men living with HIV, Howley continues. "To stand up and show our community that HIV is something that is a part of them, not who they are as people and doesn't hold them back."

Watch the video below:

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