A New York State human rights ad featuring Dublin-born model Avril Nolan, a DCU journalism graduate, who is not HIV-positive.
A Brooklyn woman who does not have HIV is suing Getty Images for selling her likeness to the Division of Human Rights, which used her smiling photograph next to the words “I am Positive (+)” and “I Have Rights.” There was a Friends episode that tackled this same issue. Isn’t there always?
25-year-old HIV-negative Greenpoint resident Avril Nolan filed a $450,000 lawsuit against the company on the basis that it “allowed her image to be used improperly,” forcing her into several awkward conversations with friends, employers and “potential romantic partners.” (Man at Bar: “Hey, don’t I recognize you from somewhere?” Nolan: “I DON’T HAVE AIDS OK.”) Adding insult to HIV, the STD-free Nolan was forced to hear about the ad from her Pilates instructor….
Greenpoint Woman Wants You To Know She Does Not Have HIV (Gothamist)
Irish woman sues after New York State advert claims she has HIV Aids (Irish Central)