Published: Jan 09, 2012 5:14 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Department of Health is launching a statewide project to humanize the effects of HIV and AIDS.
    
The Faces of HIV will kick off with a mobile art exhibit in Tallahassee this week, followed by stops in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville.
    
The project tells the stories of Florida residents living with HIV and AIDS through captivating portraits, insightful interviews and poignant journals.
    
Health officials are hoping the stories of real people will help break long held stereotypes about the disease. The project also includes a candid on-camera interview with South Florida resident Dab Garner. Garner was diagnosed with HIV early in the epidemic when it was referred to as GRID.
    
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Online: Faces of HIV http://www.wemakethechange.com/faces/
    
www.youtube.com/user/wemakethechange

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