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Updated: 04/12/2014 08:00:01AM

Patients seeking acceptance

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PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Vanessa Guillemette (left) hands out flyers inviting people to attend the "Faces of HIV" mobile art exhibit.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


A tent with literature and free samples accompanies the "Faces of HIV" mobile art exhibit truck.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Inside the "Faces of HIV" mobile truck exhibit, Tracey Dannemiller looks at her portrait.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Several participants in the "Faces of HIV" mobile art exhibit kept 30-day journals that were available for visitors to the exhibit to read. The passages in this journal is from the oneTracey Dannemiller kept.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Telena Whitfield touches the portrait of one of the participants who has gone public with the fact she has HIV/AIDS.

By STEVE STEINER

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Tracey Dannemiller made no bones about it. To this day she regrets the one decision that she will have to carry with her all the days of her life; a decision that affects her loved ones both directly and indirectly.

Dannemiller is HIV positive, and hers is one story among several that made up the Faces of HIV project that visited the Winter Haven and Lakeland campuses of Polk State College. The project is part of a touring exhibit made possible here through the Polk County division of the Florida Department of Health: HIV/AIDS Education Outreach.

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