New Orleans, LA (CNS) – Former reality star Jack Mackenroth of “Project Runway” will be headed to New Orleans to participate in the 20th annual NO/AIDS Walk and to bring his national HIV and AIDS education initiative, Living Positive By Design, to the city.
Mackenroth’s campaign hopes to help combat the stigma associated with HIV by engaging people in thoughtful conversation about the disease. The Walk, which takes place on Sunday, September 20, will help support the NO/AIDS Task Force was well as several other AIDS Service Organizations in Louisiana.
“I am proud to bring Living Positive By Design to New Orleans, a city whose positive outlook is an inspiration to people all over the United States,” said Mackenroth, who has been living with HIV for more than 20 years. “Living Positive By Design highlights the importance for people living with HIV to have a positive outlook on life while effectively managing their disease and works to combat the stigma still associated with HIV.”
Pedro L. Gonzalez, M.D., a local HIV specialist, will also be on hand for the weekend of the AIDS Walk to discuss current HIV and AIDS treatment plans and research.
“Living Positive By Design educates people living with HIV about the importance of disease management to help maintain a good quality of life. People with HIV should work with their doctor to find a treatment regimen that can reduce the amount of virus in the blood to an undetectable level and help restore their immune system,” said Dr. Gonzalez. “Given all the treatment options that are available today, it is important that both the efficacy and tolerability of treatments be considered when choosing a regimen.”
For more information on Living Positive By Design, go to www.LivingPositiveByDesign.com.