HIV Influencers Honors - The Top 11 Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2014

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  • World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day

    In recognition of World AIDS Day every year, we like to honor those who are educating, empowering, and raising awareness about HIV/AIDS.

    Each of the eleven honorees in our second annual HIV Influencers Honors is successfully raising awareness and fighting stigma by educating others. Join us in congratulating and thanking all of them for their hard work!

  • Best New HIV Awareness Campaign: SpeakOutHIV

    Best New HIV Awareness Campaign: SpeakOutHIV

    SpeakOutHIV, Greater Than AIDS’ new social media campaign, offers 25 powerful stories from young gay men affected by HIV. The first-person videos share personal and revealing accounts of what it’s like to live with HIV.

    The campaign was released on September 27, 2014, on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Day. It turned into a video submission project on National Coming Out Day, which was October 11, 2014.

  • Best On-Going HIV Awareness Campaign: A Day With HIV 2014

    Best On-Going HIV Awareness Campaign: A Day With HIV 2014

     A Day With HIV is a 24-hour showcase of photographs of the everyday lives of those living and thriving with HIV/AIDS.

    We selected the campaign for Best HIV Community Building in 2013. This year, it grew. The campaign’s sponsor, Positively Aware, reports that people from 13 countries on four different continents contributed to the viral campaign.

    A special edition of the publication with four different covers will feature the photograph submissions. 

  • Best Canadian-Focused HIV Website: Positive Lite

    Best Canadian-Focused HIV Website: Positive Lite

    PositiveLite.com continues to be a leading voice in HIV news, commentary, and lifestyle information in Canada.

    Founder Brian Finch launched the website in 2009. He wants PositiveLite.com to provide a personal and holistic message about getting on with life. John McCullah is the publisher and Bob Leahy is the editor.

  • Best HIV Community Forum: Poz.com

    Best HIV Community Forum: Poz.com

    Poz.com was founded in 1994. It offers a unique opportunity for the HIV/AIDS community. You can share personal stories, read commentary about important issues, receive answers to your questions, and participate in discussions.

    Orion Gutierrez leads the publication as editor-in-chief. Poz.com is one of the numerous publications that Smart + Strong releases each month.

  • Best Resource Website for HIV/AIDS Training (Government): AIDS.gov

    Best Resource Website for HIV/AIDS Training (Government): AIDS.gov

    AIDS.gov empowers visitors using social and digital media to raise awareness of HIV programs in communities most affected by the virus.

    The organization provides current federal HIV/AIDS policy information. It highlights important work that influencers and policy-makers in the community are doing. The website also shares guest blogs from those living with HIV.

  • Best New Collaboration Website for HIV Patient Advocacy: ThePOZ+Life

    Best New Collaboration Website for HIV Patient Advocacy: ThePOZ+Life

    A previous HIV Influencers honoree, Patrick Ingram recognizes the need for outreach to young men of color. He aspires to share their unique experiences with HIV. The Poz+Life came about as a collaboration website and includes blogs and videos from influencers like Ingram, Adrian Castellanos, Adrien Neil, and others.

    ThePOZ+Life offers the community a nation-wide ‘call to action’ prior to World AIDS Day. They hope to foster the discussion by including young men of color and engaging their peer population in HIV awareness.

  • Best NonProfit Voice in HIV Awareness: Human Rights Campaign

    Best NonProfit Voice in HIV Awareness: Human Rights Campaign

    The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization in the United States. They have a powerful membership of more than 1.5 million supporters.

    The HRC endorsed the HIV treatment pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in 2014. The national press release asked for “bold action to expand access.” Additionally, the HRC expands their focus on HIV/AIDS stories with regular blog contributions by Noel Gordon.

  • Best Long-Term HIV Survivor: Jack Mackenroth

    Best Long-Term HIV Survivor: Jack Mackenroth

    Jack Mackenroth has lived with HIV for more that 25 years. He continues to lead the HIV awareness conversation and aims to reinvent creative strategies to raise funds for HIV nonprofits.

    Mackenroth is the media strategist for the Braking AIDS Ride as well as a participant. In 2014, he personally raised a remarkable $52,000 through unique social media fundraising for Housing Works—a record-breaking amount for an individual raising funds for the organization. This is a record for an individual fundraising for the organization.

  • Best Graphic Design in an HIV Awareness Campaign: #LiveOutProud

    Best Graphic Design in an HIV Awareness Campaign: #LiveOutProud

    The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) is a national organization whose goal is to develop leadership in communities of color and end the HIV epidemic.

    NMAC released their #LiveOutProud campaign. It serves to highlight how difficult it is for people who are HIV positive to disclose their statuses publicly. NMAC chose bold colors and a memorable font this year, asking the community to embrace the campaign on social media.

  • Best HIV Website for 16-24 Year Olds: “MTV Someone Like Me"

    Best HIV Website for 16-24 Year Olds: “MTV Someone Like Me"

    MTV’s Someone Like Me campaign wants young people around the world to have open, honest, and positive conversations about sex, HIV prevention, and safe sex practices.

    This peer-to-peer campaign includes celebrity interviews about HIV/AIDS and videos made by young people supporting the campaign. There’s also plenty of commentary on pop culture and sex education.

  • Best HIV Website for 25-Year-Olds and Up: The Body

    Best HIV Website for 25-Year-Olds and Up: The Body

    TheBody.com is an award-winning website and resource for the HIV/AIDS community focusing on news, commentary, lifestyle, and powerful essays and blogs from those living with HIV. 

    In 2014 editorial director, Myles Helfand, continued the publications deep roots within the HIV community offering the latest in medical news and offering commentary from those affected by the virus personally. Thebody.com includes a popular “Ask the Experts” section. 

  • Kudos to Our Award Winners

    Kudos to Our Award Winners

    More than one million Americans have been infected with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Nearly one in seven of those people may not know they’re HIV-positive. That’s why educating the public and erasing the stigma of HIV is so important.

    Healthline is proud to recognize the many people and groups working to help raise awareness of HIV testing and treatment.

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