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Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

Fear Mongering

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AIDS, the ultimate going away present, 1980s

Produced by the Dallas County Health Department, this poster prioritized abstinence over safer sex, using fear and certainty of death as the primary motivators for behavior change. The coffin implied that AIDS was a death sentence, silencing positions articulated by people with AIDS that they wanted and needed to be seen as surviving and thriving.

  • Publisher(s):
    Dallas County Health Department
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Purple tinted photograph of a hearse car with a casket hanging out the back.