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Norwalk-Based HIV Testing Initiative Heads To University Of New Haven

The HIV Equal initiative, founded in Norwalk, recently visited the University of New Haven.
The HIV Equal initiative, founded in Norwalk, recently visited the University of New Haven. Photo Credit: HIV Equal

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk's World Health Clinicians announced plans to continue its "HIV Equal" anti-stigma initiative at the University of New Haven.

Known for its unique magenta hue, the testing and anti-stigma photo campaign strives to tell people that regardless of their HIV status, everyone is equally valuable. The campaign has been part of recent events in Los Angeles, New York, Provincetown, Mass., Hartford and Washington, D.C.

Internationally, the campaign made a recent appearance in Melbourne, Australia, where delegates from the initiative attended the AIDS 2014 conference and met with former President Bill Clinton, as well as from Africa where the campaign held events specifically in Zimbabwe.

“We’re giving back to our local community as much as we are helping to increase testing awareness for the HIV virus nationally and internationally,” said Dr. Gary Blick, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of World Health Clinicians. “By hosting local HIV Equal events here in Connecticut, we’re helping to stem the stigma and fear surrounding testing for HIV and also opening the doors for those youth who have never been tested.

“Through HIV Equal, we hope to continue utilizing social media to increase awareness of HIV testing and the virus itself. Our message is simple: Get tested. Get photographed. Fight the stigma.”

HIV Equal has earned the support of celebrities, models, athletes and notable politicians who have all helped to garner greater visibility in affected communities in each city and in many parts across the United States.

For more information on World Health Clinicians and the HIV Equal initiative, visit www.worldhealthclinicians.org and www.HIVequal.org .

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