One of the aims of the ICP is to present a true picture of what it is like to live with HIV/AIDS in today’s political and social climate in a way that everyday people can understand the disease. We hope to reopen dialogue about the disease, to demystify it, to destigmatize it and to prevent its future spread through education. In the era of a US administration that funds programs based upon religious principles rather than upon scientific fact, we need to do what we can to fill the gaps in education.
Furthermore, in an era where the mainstream media and pharmaceutical marketing programs would have us believe that AIDS is now a manageable disease like diabetes, we need to explain the truth about long-term survival and the potential health and economic risks of infection.
You can get more detail on the International Carnival of Pozitivities homepage.
The deadline for submissions is 2nd of November, 2006. The best way to submit is by using the blogcarnival.com automated submission form. Alternatively, you can send the permalink to your post to Ron at: ron DOT hudson AT verizon DOT net
If you look at the previous issues, you’ll see that most (but not all) entries are written by people who have HIV. Some posts are deeply personal. Others look at the social or political angle. Since I have a somewhat different readership, I expect a few more posts about HIV/AIDS written from a scientific or medical angle. While there have been some great debunkings of HIV denialists recently, that is not an appropriate topic for this carnival. Also, if you have not contributed to this carnival before and have a really good post that is somewhat older than one month, send it in anyway and we’ll take a look.