This is what A DAY WITH HIV looks like

On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, people across the United States and in 11 other countries photographed a moment of their day for A Day with HIV to portray 24 hours in the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS.
No matter who you are, or where you are, we are all affected by HIV.

1:00 AM
Kuala Lumpur,
@ my gym doing squats as usual after work.
01:42 AM
Denver, Colorado
I found out three years ago that I have HIV. I'm grateful for long-term survivors who have fought to get us where we are today, and join the battle in smashing stigma and shame! A pill a day, an amazing husband, and puppy kisses make my days amazing.
3:07 AM
Fishers, Indianapolis
I will never agree to be defined by my HIV status. I know I am beautiful, intellectual, and hardworking as I am.
5:45 AM
Lansing, Michigan
A day with HIV doesn't stop. I push forward. I rise above the challenge; giving up is not an option. I have setbacks and days I don't feel well, but determination wins. This picture was taken after working 9 hours, and attending the research class for my degree. I was headed home to see my children and my partner. I am stronger than HIV.
6:45 AM
New York, New York
I believe that part of the battle to living life positively with HIV is to live a positive life. That's been my mantra since the day I got my diagnosis some +15 years ago. Part of that is waking up every day with gratitude, giving back and living life by my truth, never allowing HIV to define me. On this day, I'm on my way to feed the homeless, as I do every Thursday, starting with a spontaneous dance on a packed NYC subway.
7:00 AM
St. Louis, Missouri
When your day starts like this, it doesn't get much better! 😊
7:24 AM
Chicago, Illinois
Taking my fifth-grade daughter to school on a CTA Brown Line train. I'm well into my fourth decade of living with HIV, and 2016 is turning out to be one of the better years. I recently emerged from a year and a half of dealing with bad side effects from one of my HIV meds. It was rough, but also helped me to better appreciate feeling good and double down on my commitment to exercise regularly and live well.
07:30 AM
Orlando, Florida
In 1990, I was diagnosed with AIDS. I went on disability from my job as a theatre professor. I was hospitalized several times and came close to death more than once. While on disability, I participated in AIDS advocacy work at the local and national levels. With love, support, and great medical care, I was able to return to full time work in 2002. The skills I learned in the AACTG helped me return to work, this time in research administration. I'm ready for work today, and glad to be alive!
07:30 AM
East Orange, NJ
After testing HIV-positive on 1/28/16, I was blessed with talent to produce House music. My meds work best when I'm working on music. Presently, I'm undetectable; my t-cells are 1,350, and have been as high as 1,700. Just because I'm positive doesn't mean you have to be so negative.
7:34 AM
Chicago, Illinois
United States
21 years strong. Smelling the wind and enjoying the sun on my face with my bulldog Charlie, on this first day of Fall. It is great to be ALIVE!
Chicago, Illinois
I got up early to train for my first 10k run, raising money for those affected by HIV. My positive friends and coworkers have taught me that there's nothing you can't do, and to take better care of my own health. Today and every day, the virus won't limit what you can do. Remember: so many people are inspired by you!
7:55 AM
Lakeland, Florida
HIV doesn't choose what we DO or DON'T do.
8:00 AM
South Africa
Each day our kids start class with their Adherence Chant: "On Monday Tuesday Wednesday too, I take my medicine when it's due. Thursday Friday come along, I take my medicine to make me strong. On Saturday, Sunday it's fun to play, I take my medicine every day."
8:20 AM
Jonesboro, Georgia
I am still here!!!
08:29 AM
Wilton Manors, Florida
United States
One way for me to deal with the stress of life with HIV and multiple illnesses is to dress up and have fun. Today I decided to be a little glittery while reading "Living and Dying In 4/4 Time," which was edited by my late and colorful friend, Paul Harris.
08:30 AM
Charlotte, North Carolina
HIV doesn't stop me. It motivates me to live for my daughter.
8:39 AM
Nashville, Tennessee
Today is A Day with HIV!
08:39 AM
Washington, DC
24 years HIV-positive. In my last year of college. Eight more months to graduation!!! I am off to class at Gallaudet University, the world's only liberal arts university for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Where should I go for grad school is the next big question in my life. Where do you think I should go?
08:50 AM
Minneapolis, MN
At my desk at @clarehousing. I have been living with HIV for 17 years this fall, and have the privilege to work for an agency that houses people living with HIV and AIDS. I could not imagine doing anything other than what I do every day. HIV is still a problem. Stigma is still a problem. Taking a picture today stops the stigma.
9:00 AM
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Diagnosed 22 years ago. Getting my day started, and thankful for the warmth of the sun. I hope all of you have much to be thankful for, too. Make every moment count and be kind, always.