Posters at Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum Depict the AIDS Response Through the Years
May 3, 2017
"The point of our exhibition is not the disease itself, but all the communication materials around it," said the Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum Director, Roger Mayou. "The many posters are a true mirror of society through the ages."
The second theme, Silence is Broken, highlights how civil society and public figures raised their voices to address HIV. The iconic image of the pink triangle with the saying "Silence = Death" dates back to 1987 and was a part of the New York AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) campaign.
The Virus, the second to last theme, focuses on explaining the science behind AIDS. A rendition of a normal T-cell and an HIV-infected T-cell by the Cancer Institute in 1991 has the slogan "Visualize this". An Algerian World AIDS Day poster from 1994 likens the virus to mines floating in the ocean with a tagline "Protect the family".
"HIV has become invisible, a fatigue has almost set in," Alexandra Calmy from the HIV unit at the Geneva University Hospitals said. "And yet 2.1 million people are infected with HIV every year, so it is important to talk about AIDS, and this exhibition does just that."
UNAIDS is working with countries towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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