Visual protest

On World Aids Day we take a look at some of the most thought-provoking posters aimed at educating people about the disease.

Today is World Aids Day.

Since 1985 some 25 million people have died of HIV/Aids related causes. It’s estimated that 33 million people worldwide are currently living with the human immunodeficiency virus. It is undoubtedly the biggest public health crisis of modern history. Worryingly, global HIV/Aids prevention and education programmes have been mostly absent, otherwise seriously lacking.

In many countries the most prominent form of public education about the epidemic has been posters. A disease rooted in sexuality and sexual behaviour has strong links to social, moral and cultural values, an issue which can be well served by poster campaigns for specific audiences.

James Lapides has amassed an extensive collection of international Aids awareness posters. Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010 is a comprehensive selection of 153 posers from countries all over the world. The posters offer insightful looks into the strategies employed by these countries to raise awareness about the disease. The posters all have a unique cultural response to the Aids questions as a large-scale public health problem.

Here’s a look at some of these posters.


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