ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A teen born with HIV needs your vote to win a national poetry contest to raise awareness about the virus.
16-year-old Kayla Quimbley is one of six young finalists in the Aids Healthcare Foundation Speak Out Poetry Contest.
If she wins, Quimbley will perform alongside Patti Labelle and Common next month at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
Quimbley's poem is on the negative stigma of HIV.
"I want people to know that if you are living with it or they are living with it, they deserve to be loved, and accepted in society," she said. "Society has made it be like an ugly nasty disease and it's not."
Voting ends July 29th. Quimbley is currently in 1st place.
You can cast your vote here: https://www.facebook.com/AHFSpeakOut