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The winners of the HIV Selfie Staff Competition hosted by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts received their prizes during a brief ceremony at its  Jerningham Avenue Office in Belmont on Wednesday December 7, 2016.

Winning the competition for a second year was Shanelle Felix of the Human Resource Services Unit, who was presented a challenge trophy and gift hamper for her portrayal depicting a man and a woman entitled, “Get Tested Together, It’s a Shared Responsibility.”

Placing second was Raynelle Bishop of the Planning Unit, who reminded us that prevention is better than cure, especially when there is no cure.    Shazida Dookie, also of HR came in third with her portrayal entitled, “Stop Discrimination I am Human Too.”

The Group Winners were Shanelle Felix, Amanda Richards and Keziah Weekes with their portrayal entitled, “Spread Love Don’t Discriminate,” while the special prize went to Janelle John for her presentation reminding all that HIV is not a death sentence and that there is hope.

The trophies and hampers were presented to the winners by Beverly Reid-Samuel, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary, along with the Ministry’s HIV/AIDS Co-ordinator, Keitha Kennedy and her assistant, Kadasha David.

This year, the participants took selfies portraying one of the following themes:

    • HIV is not a death sentence
    • Stigma and Discrimination
    • Stop the spread of HIV and AIDS

The competition, now in its third year, is hosted by the Ministry to commemorate the annual observance of World AIDS Day on December 1st.