Is Having HIV Really Just Like Having Diabetes Or Being Short?

A Day With HIV In America is a photo campaign that encourages people affected by the disease to submit a snapshot for Positively Aware‘s November/December issue, which featuries a cross-section of Americans living in the epidemic’s 30th year. (The deadline for submissions is September 21.)

But are the speakers in this campaign video correct when they say that HIV is “the same as having diabetes” or being short? That you’re “not gonna die from it” or that you can “run marathons and ride 200 miles over two days”? Is HIV really so manageable—or does it come with greater health risks and greater stigmas that should be addressed honestly