The year-round campaign of LIFE+
- Reduce stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS and HIV testing
- Increase significantly the number of HIV tests in 2017
- Decrease social, cultural, political, and institutional barriers to HIV testing
- Normalize HIV test and make it a part of comprehensive health care
The Know Your Status campaign is comprised of four main elements:
- Projects with international partner organizations: fund diverse projects supporting HIV testing and HIV care through international partner organizations
- Testimonial and PR campaigns: building awareness and normalizing testing through widespread national and international campaign
- HIV Testing in Austria: partner with government agencies and local organizations to implement mobile testing stations at events throughout the year
- Youth education and Life Ball Next Generation: introduce new youth education programs and a new event – Life Ball Next Generation – in collaboration with Austrian Federal ministries and partner organizations
What do Kate Winslet, Tatjana Patitz and Uma Thurman have in common?
They all know their HIV status – and they are taking part in the KNOW YOUR STATUS campaign to help break stigma and encourage others to get tested. Their campaign testimonials were beautifully photographed by the legendary Peter Lindbergh. One of the most influential fashion photographers of the past 40 years and initiator of the supermodel phenomenon in the 1990s.
PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS WORLDWIDE
NEW INFECTIONS 2016 WORLDWIDE
NEW CASES DIAGNOSED IN AUSTRIA EVERYDAY
#Know Your Status
BE A PART OF “KNOW YOUR STATUS”
“I know my status – do you?”
Show the world that you know your immune status and motivate others to get tested too.
Share your picture on social media with the hashtag:
Uma Thurman knows her status. Do you?
HIV testing is the first step in maintaining a healthy life, reducing the spread of HIV, and ending the AIDS epidemic. By getting regularly tested and knowing your status, you can take the necessary steps to protect your health and that of others – either receiving timely treatment or the appropriate preventive care.
If you knowingly live with HIV, you can begin treatment such as antiretroviral therapy (ART). Such treatment can keep you healthy and help you live a normal life by lowering your viral load, reducing HIV-related illness, and decreasing the spread of the virus to others. According to the Center for Disease Control in the U.S., properly taking ART daily “can reduce an HIV-positive person’s chance of transmitting HIV by as much as 96%.”
If you learn that you are HIV-negative, knowing your status can help you take preventative measures, regarding sex, drug use, and health care, to protect you from HIV. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, also known as PrEP, is one such daily medication that can prevent HIV infection in persons who are HIV-negative and at very high risk for HIV. Taking PrEP once a day can maximize your protection against HIV by around 99%.
In most countries, you can get tested for HIV at hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and places purposely designated for HIV testing by government agencies and local non-profit organizations. HIV test results are confidential and some places even provide anonymous testing. Wherever you choose to get tested, make sure they provide counseling services. Counselors can help you understand your test results and teach about situations and behaviors in which you risk contracting or transmitting HIV. Counselors can teach you ways of protecting yourself and others from the virus and refer you to appropriate, local resources about HIV/AIDS.
“Educational work and knowing one’s own immune status are the necessary foundation to fight HIV/AIDS sustainably. KNOW YOUR STATUS provides approaches that can be implemented quickly and used around the world.”
Former Austrian Federal Chancellor
- I know my status, do you? -
Life+ Powered by T-Mobile
Life+ App powered by T-Mobile
The free app “LIFE+ powered by T-Mobile” for Android and iOS is provided by T-Mobile to sustainably help people to know their immune status. The app also includes a reminder service for the user’s next HIV-test, route planner to find the next testing site of Aids Hilfe in Austria, and links to further information on the topic.
MOBILE HIV TESTING STATIONS:
To normalize and destigmatize HIV testing and reduce barriers to testing, LIFE+ is collaborating with the seven regional AIDS Hilfen Österreich which provide free and anonymous HIV tests in Austria. Our goal is to make this service as ubiquitous and easy to access as possible. Mobile test stations by the seven regional providers will be used during a variety of events and activities throughout 2017 including LIFE BALL 2017.
- 30 November 2017: Le Meridien, Vienna
- 06 – 10 September 2017: Messe Dornbirn, Vorarlberg
- 24 – 27 August 2017: Pink Lake Festival, Carinthia
- 1 July 2017: Christopher Street Day, Vorarlberg
- 23 – 25 June 2017: Donauinsel Fest Vienna
- 24 June 2017: Christopher Street Day, Graz
- 14 – 17 June 2017: Deutsch-Österreichischer AIDS-Kongress, Salzburg
- 13 – 16 June 2017: Pride Village, Vienna
- 10 June 2017: Life Ball, Vienna
- 09 June 2017: City Hall Square, Vienna
- 06 June 2017: Voucher Giveaway, LIFE+ Celebration Concert, Vienna
- 30 May 2017: Sofitel, Vienna
- 24 May 2017: Pride, Linz
- 22 May 2017: LIFE+ Pressekonferenz, Vienna
- 19 January 2017: Wüstenrot Event, Salzburg
- 09 January 2017: LIFE+ Life Bible, Museum Vienna
- 29 November 2016: LIFE+ Launch, Planetarium Vienna