Taking away STIGMA! I AM NOT AN UGLY SCORPION (which adds to the STIGMA!!!)

Submitted on Mar 9, 2011 by  MariaHIVMejia

Well, well, well. Where the hell do I start??? I am going to try to be as nice and sweet as possible! I had to give myself a day to write this. It started as another thing I posted on my facebook HIV space, I posted an ugly, disgusting picture of a scorpion wrapped around a man and it is about to sting him and kill him! And I wrote how I really feel about this horrible, nasty campaign!  I mean, what the hell?? Is this how we want people to view us?? Like a lethal scorpion? I don't think so..I am a beautiful, good, loving, caring human being...I take care of my beautiful partner and protect her! I deeply dislike this picture! Not to say the word HATE! And I know they are trying to scare people with this image. This is similar to me as the one they did of Hitler...comparing him to HIV/AIDS! I am not HITLER either! I guess what bothers me is the message! I do not want us to be compared to a lethal scorpion or Hitler for god's sake. :(   This makes me feel so many emotions...when I first saw it it caused me anger, fear, shame! It made me feel so weird...I looked away and closed up the image. And you know why? Because it looks nasty, dirty...like someone is about to get murdered! It made me feel FEAR! So imagine how people view us?? Do we want people to view us as deadly scorpions?? This actually makes people more scared of us and not only that..it makes stigma grow even stronger when we are being compared to disgusting images like that! ughh. I actually believe that through showing the different faces of HIV/AIDS and people hearing and reading our stories, we accomplish more..NOT through fear! And that is what the image does.  I mean, I still don't like to look at it...so what does it do to a person that views this?? It makes them uncomfortable, they look the other way, they compare us to a monster...and at the end, they are not being educated because through fear you will not educate anyone! We have to teach with love and show and teach people our stories...but not with fear. That is the real way to make effective campaigns of prevention...with our faces! And that is what I am doing and will continue to do...my face, my life, my story. With this I want people that are HIV negative to feel at ease, to get to know us, to feel more comfortable...not view us as a lethal object which is what this image compared us to...it is so sad! I wonder who the hell thought of this and Hitler?? Do they know how it would hurt us either infected or affected?? I mean come on, it doesn't take a rocket scientist! Or maybe they just cared about one side...the HIV negative population and that is Ok! But, remember their are millions of people living with this illness and unfortunately many more that don't know about their status and new infections that happen everyday! So please, next time think of us also! And if you want a good campaign, let us educate with LOVE and KNOWLEDGE ! Not with a freaking ugly thing like that! And last but not least...I want to scream this to the world: I AM NOT THAT UGLY SCORPION! Love and light as always, Maria Mejia

Submitted by bee2art

Maria, where did you see this??? It's awful and really shook me up.

Submitted by MariaHIVMejia

Hi Bee, I found it on someones facebook..but I had seen it before and it made me so angry! this is a french campaign! I believe the same campaign that did the one of hitler and comparing him to Hiv..this image is repulsive! xoxo
Love and Light

Submitted by lea

Hi Maria,

I come from France and I'm studying AIDES' campaigns and the image of HIV positive people for my master's degree. This ad is simply disgusting and revolting, there is no doubt. While surfing on internet, I discovered few blogs talking about it with this kind of words : "wooo, really powerful - great ad". I was really sad and worried until I found your blog and this article in particular.

Thank you for screaming it.
And to complete your comment : there are two ads for this campaign (the scorpion with the man and a freaky trapdoor spider with a girl).
The campaign with Hitler is an other campaign (not from AIDES), and you have other dictators with the same scene.

Your testimony will be very useful.

Léa M.

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