World AIDS Day: HIV STOPS WITH ME

Josh King of Syracuse Speaks at events featuring “real HIV positive people talking about real issues”

Treatment Changes Everything Campaign Spans the State of New York

An Initiative that has focused on stopping the spread of HIV has become an important tool in the arsenal to battle the disease. HIV STOPS WITH ME is a multifaceted, national social-marketing campaign that aims to prevent the spread of HIV and reduce stigma associated with the disease. The campaign features real HIV positive people, talking about real issues.

At a series of events, Syracuse area native Joshua King travels and speaks with groups about HIV and the campaign. Joshua King took his crusade to Cazenovia College, November 30th; Friday December 1st he’s speaking at New Covenant Baptist Church, 104 E. Beard Street, 7 p.m.

As a self-employed, HIV Education Specialist; King maintains that he sees his role in this fight as that of a Stop Gap. “I fill the gaps in multiple programs, where the information is not getting to the African American and Hispanic communities. This is why we have to place people in these positions who understand the populations that are being affected by HIV. Our local organizations do great work however; we only have 2 programs that specifically deal with communities of color. “

HIV Stops With Me – New Covenant Baptist Church, 7 pm December 1st. “Click” to enlarge image.

King’s, World AIDS Day activities conclude next week with an event planned for the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany NY, recognizing individuals for their commitment, contribution, and response to improve and promote the health and well-being of all New Yorkers.

The Treatment Changes Everything Campaign focuses on the personal strengths of people living with HIV and affirms their ability to display these qualities in their everyday lives to tear down the stigma associated with HIV. Each spokesmodel is committed to stopping the spread of HIV while also promoting the values of self-care and healthy living. As active members of their communities, the spokesmodels share their stories, engage in online dialogue about issues related to HIV and make public appearances.

In a series of video testimonials participants discuss their journey, and what this designation has meant for them. Josh King, became a Fashion designer after receiving his degree at Cazenovia College. At 35 he says, “I have HIV but HIV doesn’t have me” growing up in a suburb of Syracuse, describes his life in a riveting testimonial that appears on  Johua’s Micro Film.

King responds to a fundamental question asked of those profiled in the online video. When people view your video diary or your microfilm, what specifically do you hope to EXPOSE them to about your life and HIV?

“I hope that I expose truth and authenticity in who I am and what I stand for.  I want you to know that treatment changes everything, and that begins with how you treat yourself. When you have viewed my microfilms, I want you to feel motivated and inspired; allowing your voice to be heard and your purpose to be revealed.

Our ability to transform our knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors affect everyone we are connected to. This is my purpose, and I am grateful to somehow fit into yours.  Life is a process of growth and development, from which I draw so much strength from the many of you that have helped pave my way.

These glimpses into my life only capture such a small portion of why I live my life on purpose. HIV is not just something that I am living with; it is something that I can now live for. I live to serve and serve to live. It is so empowering, yet humbling, to have a platform to share my story in this way. “

The HIV STOPS WITH ME campaign has resources that are broken up into regions of the state. The links below are resources that are applicable to the Syracuse area.

Syracuse “HIV Stops with Me” Resource Categories
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