Brooklyn Model Suing Getty After New York Division of Human Rights Uses Stock Photo In "I Am [HIV] Positive" Ad

Says it has led to awkward conversations with friends, family, and potential romantic partners


A Brooklyn woman is positively furious that a photo of her was used in a newspaper advertisement portraying her as being infected with HIV.

Avril Nolan, 25, a Greenpoint resident who does not have HIV, alleged through her lawyer Wednesday that Getty Images, a photo agency, sold a photograph of her to the New York State Division of Human Rights without her approval.

The state agency then took out an ad in the April 3 edition of amNew York that featured the photo of Nolan standing in front of a graffiti-covered storefront, along with the messages: "I am positive (+)" and "I have rights."