Edge on the Net (12.16.2013)
Edge on the Net recently reported that Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, along with HIV advocacy organization Aunt Rita’s Foundation, launched an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign that features banners hanging from government buildings statewide and HIVAZ.org, an HIV database of HIV services throughout Arizona.
Twenty Arizona cities will hang more than 280 banners as a reminder that HIV is one of the largest worldwide epidemics. Activists argue the first step to fighting the disease is for everyone to know their HIV status. "There is no shame in knowing your status," said Stanton, whose wife’s brother died of AIDS. "Knowing your status, whether positive or negative, is the only way we are going to stop the spread of this disease. In Arizona, 30–40 percent of the population do not know their status and [more than] 4,000 people in Arizona are HIV-positive and do not know it."
The campaign also launched Aunt Rita’s education and awareness campaign, ProjectHIVAZ, part of which is HIVAZ.org, an online database that provides users with information about HIV testing and services locations throughout Arizona. "This campaign is a megaphone for the message that Aunt Rita’s spreads every day," said Aunt Rita’s Foundation Executive Director Kit Kloeckl.