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Fear Mongering

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AIDS virus, a deadly Saturday night special, 1989

This poster referenced Saturday Night Special: A Story of Choices, a photonovel produced in 1987 by the California AIDS Clearinghouse to provide information on HIV/AIDS to populations with high rates of illiteracy. The booklet used photographs to educate instead of text. Unlike the photonovel, which stressed practical strategies for protection, this advertisement conflated AIDS with a random specter of death.

  • Publisher(s):
    California AIDS Clearinghouse
  • Type:
    Poster
African American man and woman, and a Hispanic man and woman, a person in a skeleton costume is in the middle that is resting their arms on them.