There are lots of websites out there which can give you help, advice and knowledge about HIV, and Pozitude stands out from the crowd.. read on to hear all about it and what YOU can do help them win an award for harnessing technology to bring about positive social change.
Pozitude is a website set up by a group of children who are living with HIV and they offer more than a simple website. They offer a special place where the clock stops and you can navigate your way without running out of time. Young people and parents alike can use this space as a good place to find out about HIV and what it’s like to live with HIV.
Some people still don’t have access to clear, easy to understand information about HIV so Pozitude decided to put together all sorts of information.
Sponsored by The Big Lottery, they asked for help from doctors, nurses, and other people who know about HIV and they hope that you will suggest anything that you might think would help a young person finding out they are HIV positive.
Visit whenever you like, learn about the facts, the fantasies, the realities and the myths about living with HIV. Ask questions and share ideas, come and find friends, but most important keep a positive attitude about your journey ahead.
Michelle Overton is a project manager at Pozitude, and she’s been nominated for Talk Talk’s Digital Heroes Award. Babita Wakelin, who nominated Michelle said, “Michelle is inspirational, but the kids using Pozitude are also truly Digital Heroes!” Pozitude says that the grant would enable it to update its websites and digital offerings as well as to develop a Facebook application that will help reduce the stigma associated with HIV.
Pozitude would also like to develop a smartphone application that will help young people who have moved away from home remember to take their medication at their set times.
The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards is an awards and funding scheme with a difference: it is the UK’s only scheme which recognises people who harness digital technology to bring about positive social change in their communities.
The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, with Citizens Online and in association with The Mirror – and supported by Race Online 2012 – offers people a chance to win funding for a new or existing digital project.
If Pozitude wins the Digital Heroes competition, they can win a prize of £5,000 and if they win the East Midlands regional contest, they will be entered into a national final and could win £10,000 so what are you waiting for?
They even have a section for parents and professionals which offer help and support for talking to children about HIV and the impacts it can have on life.
Leicestershire AIDS Support Services are voting for them, and we hope you do too! So visit Talk Talk’s Digital Hereo’s website and vote for Michelle Overton
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- 25,000 Babies Born with HIV annually (lass.org.uk)
- The Ryan White Story (lass.org.uk)
- HIV Education Fails To Reach a Quarter of Young People (lass.org.uk)
- Gaddafi’s HIV Shakedown (lass.org.uk)