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Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

America Responds to AIDS

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On the wrong track, 1980s

The fictional Anna presented in this poster faced a challenging choice: break up with her boyfriend or contract AIDS. Instead of stressing positive, pro-active choices and strategies, this poster offered a clear solution on paper that would be far more complicated in real life.

  • Publisher(s):
    Centers for Disease Control
  • Type:
    Poster
Black and white photograph of two people holding hands, only the forearms are evident.

Aimed at a variety of audiences, these posters attempted to call attention to the inherent risk posed by drug use even though the copy provided no details about the danger. While one poster targeted men directly and the other used women as a way to reach men, each used a similar message and lack of instruction.

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  • Red tinted photograph of a white woman kneeling with an arm around a white boy on either side of her, all three are looking at the viewer.
  • Black and white image of African American young man sitting balancing a basketball on his knee to the left of text.
  • Black and white photograph of an African American woman sitting down holding a coffee cup looking at the viewer
  • Black and white photograph of two people holding hands, only the forearms are evident.