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Men working, good news for the 3 out of 4 gay men who follow the new rules of the road, 1980s

Instead of asking the reader to choose between sex and safety, this poster made a strong case for practicing safer sex. It provided positive news about Seattle’s gay community and advice for staying healthy for those who didn’t carry the AIDS virus as well as those who did, stressing immediate personal action as a way to stay healthy: “So if you begin safer sex now, the odds are on your side.” The “Men Working” sign highlighted the effectiveness of these efforts: the actions of Seattle’s gay community were keeping people healthy;preventing the spread of AIDS.

  • Publisher(s):
    Northwest AIDS Foundation
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Orange square road sign that reads “Men Working” over text.