I felt intrigued with her story as I read on. It's true that the medications have drastically improved, but there are still so many people who don’t know that they are HIV positive or do not want to face it due to the stigma surrounding the illness and this is a reason to keep fighting!
Mandy decided that she would always stand by these words and would love to wear them. And instead of keeping that as an idea, she did it. The dress is made by her old bed sheets and the text is based on her article. The balls and chains hanging from the waist represent the weight you have to carry around being HIV positive. “They might get lighter over the years, but they are still huge burdens”, says Mandy.
“SO NO, HIV IS NOT OK!!!
"It shouldn’t be talked about only once a year and as a manageable illness. We should be concerned and talking about it every day to reduce the stigma and reduce the numbers of new infections. For instance, 20% of seropositive inhabitants in the UK are unaware they have the virus. This is a terrifying number and shouldn’t be happening.
I am Mandy Webb and I am HIV positive everyday!”