These Men Are Taking Nude Shower Selfies for a Very Good Cause

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Ever thought you could help change a stereotype with a selfie? Now you can.

Just in time for World AIDS Day, a new online campaign has launched to raise awareness on HIV, debunking the "dirtiness" unjustly attributed to those living with the virus. Activist Jack Mackenroth is the brains (and beauty) behind the operation, using his social media muscles to change perceptions while raising money at the same time.

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"I was inspired by the use of the word 'clean,' especially common in gay culture, to describe oneself as STI/STD free. Indirectly this implies that HIV-positive people are somehow 'dirty,'" Mackenroth told the Huffington Post. "I thought a PG or PG-13 shower selfie or Vine video would be a fun way that everyone could easily show their support for finding a cure." The campaign benefits Housing Works, a New York City-based nonprofit working to end AIDS and homelessness.

"The topic of HIV is one that many people are desperate to discuss, but few are willing to be the first to speak," Tyler Curry, senior editor of HIV Equal, told Mic. "There are so many negative stereotypes, nasty slang words and blanket assumptions attached to being HIV-positive that most people aren't willing to take the risk of even being associated with the disease. Those who are positive remain silent and continue to wrestle with HIV stigma, while those who are negative remain blissfully naïve yet susceptible to transmission based on the false pretense that only 'other people' contract HIV."

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According to AIDS.gov, 1 in 6 individuals with HIV are completely unaware of their infection. Close to 50,000 new infections of HIV occur every year, and 1 in 4 of them affects young adults between the ages of 13 to 24. Nearly ten years after Broadway hit "Rent" was made into a Hollywood blockbuster, the lights clearly haven't gone down on a worldwide epidemic.  Social media campaigns like #weareALLclean are designed to destigmatize the disease.

Want to participate in the #weareALLclean campaign? Take a selfie or Vine of yourself in the shower (no nudity, please). Next, challenge three or more of your friends to participate. On Dec 1, World AIDS day, change your photo on your social media platforms to spread awareness. And finally, donate $5, $10, $25, $100 — give whatever you can in support of Housing Works. 

Let's make a change, one selfie at a time.

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