poster/VIRUS: Artists Affected by HIV Use Images to Make Daring Statements
2 Years of Posters From a Toronto Street Campaign by Canada's AIDS Action Now
November 15, 2013
"Your Stigma Not Mine," 2011
poster/VIRUS is a collaborative project between artists and activists through Canadian activist group AIDS Action Now. The project features posters plastered all over the city of Toronto throughout the weeks surrounding World AIDS Day that are meant to cause larger conversations in the public sphere around HIV/AIDS.
Comment by: Ray
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013 at 7:15 am EST
That disclosure mantra might be great for you big city folks, but for us out here in the corn/bible/gun belt, non disclosure is paramount to survival. And no it's not about getting laid. I've lived under self imposed celibacy since my diagnosis 7 years ago. My friends and neighbors know I'm gay and most treat me with dignity and respect. But most out here are simply not ready for the hiv/aids thing. I'd have to leave my job and move. I'd even be fearful for my life. Hiv is as private as any other medical condition to be shared in strictest confidence with folks you feel safe with. Not some convoluted badge of honor to challenge casual acquaintances with. Thank you for your time and for allowing me to share another take on the disclosure debate.
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