"If You've Had Two Sex Partners" and "AIDS: Get the Facts" represent a common didactic and informative
approach to AIDS educational posters that does not use images to supplement text. Their respective content and approach, however,
are dramatically different. This poster from the Texas AIDSLINE makes reference to a metaphor taken from Surgeon General C.
Everett Koop in the mid-1980s. Koop and other public health educators suggested that in terms of the epidemiology of AIDS,
having sex with someone was like having sex with all of their previous partners. At a moment when the dangers of promiscuous
sex were being emphasized, this metaphor had the power to even invoke fear of serial monogamy.
NOTE: Slide of original poster image is slightly blurry.
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Texas Department of Health
Original Repository: History of Medicine Division. Prints and Photographs Collection
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