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Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

America Responds to AIDS

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Why there’s a connection between sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, 1980s

The connection might be even simpler than this poster described: AIDS is a disease that can be transmitted sexually. However, the text of this poster from American Responds to AIDS also made a far stronger connection between having sex and contracting a sexually transmitted disease. While this linked unprotected sex with sickness, it did not necessarily empower the viewer to engage in new safer behaviors, rather it sent them to a hotline.

  • Publisher(s):
    Centers for Disease Control
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Blue tinted photograph of white teenager leaning against a locker and holding two books, looking at the viewer.