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posted Friday, November 22 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 47
Seattle activist named to POZ 100 - Magazine honors peer advocate Kelly Hill on list of 'unsung heroes'
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Seattle activist named to POZ 100 - Magazine honors peer advocate Kelly Hill on list of 'unsung heroes'

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

POZ magazine, an award-winning print and online resource for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, this week announced the fourth annual POZ 100.

This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations to nominate an HIV-positive person in their community who is an unsung hero in the fight against AIDS. For the first time, the list is made up completely of people living with the virus. The list includes individuals of all ages, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations from across the United States and Puerto Rico, at organizations large and small. It comprises a variety of careers, from bloggers and activists to doctors and educators, and spans across many diverse populations affected by the virus.

Local activist Kelly Hill of Babes Network-YWCA made the list, which is posted online at www.poz.com/100.

'The individuals on this year's list may not consider themselves to be heroes, but we do,' said Oriol Gutierrez, POZ's editor-in-chief. 'Each person - in his or her own unique way - is taking a brave stand against the virus. They are fighting back. From people who volunteer for AIDS service organizations or work as policy advocates, to those who act as educators to promote prevention and treatment, this list represents an incredibly diverse spectrum of people living with HIV and making a difference on the front lines in their communities,' Gutierrez said.

The people spotlighted on this year's POZ 100 will inspire readers with their passion to effect change in the world. By telling their stories, POZ hopes the public at large will better understand that the fight against HIV/AIDS continues.

'Because they are living with the virus themselves, these individuals have a unique understanding of what needs to be done and how best to do it,' Gutierrez continued. 'They know what it's like to be newly diagnosed and how it feels to deal with HIV-related stigma and discrimination. They understand the challenges of accessing care, treatment, and support. By sharing their stories, they are not only inspiring others living with the virus but also empowering themselves and the entire HIV community.'

ABOUT POZ
Offering unparalleled editorial excellence since 1994, POZ and POZ.com are identified by their readers as their most trusted sources of information about the disease. POZ is published by Smart + Strong, which publishes health-focused magazines and websites that empower and inspire. In addition to POZ, the company's award-winning brands include AIDSmeds.com, Real Health magazine and RealHealthMag.com, Tu Salud magazine and TuSaludMag.com, SaneMag.com, and HepMag.com.

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