The Game Changer Project is dedicated to building a safe, healthy and supportive community for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, questioning) of the Greater-Birmingham, AL area through education, awareness, prevention and social efforts.
The Game Changer Project is a partnership among AIDS Alabama, Birmingham AIDS Outreach and Aletheia House – in collaboration with UAB/CFAR, Magic City Wellness Center, 1917 Clinic, Jefferson County Health Department, Alabama Department of Public Health.
HIV continues to be a problem in the South. The South is less densely populated than other areas of the country, but it still has more than its share of incidences of HIV infections. A part of the problem lies with stigma. The dictionary defines stigma as “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.” HIV stigma presents itself in the following ways: irrational fear, aversion to testing and self-care, discrimination, and resistance to treatment.
The Halt HIV/AIDS Movement (#hham) seeks to increase the understanding of HIV prevention methods and HIV itself. There have been many advancements since we were first introduced to this disease. This campaign will highlight many of those advancements, along with an exploration of gender, sexual orientation, and HIV status. It features Cisgender people (people who identify with their gender assigned at birth), Transgender people (people who do not identify with their gender assigned at birth), gay, lesbian, straight, HIV+, and HIV- people. We all have a part to play in ending this epidemic, regardless of whom we are.