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Visual Culture and Health Posters

Title:
I Have AIDS Please Hug Me
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Description:
One of the most recognized HIV/AIDS posters ever produced, this image of a child with outstretched arms accompanied by the message, "I have AIDS, please hug me, I can't make you sick," has become a worldwide icon in the fight against HIV/AIDS discrimination. Inspired by the experience of Ryan White, a 13-year old hemophiliac with AIDS who was barred from school in 1985 and became a symbol of the intolerance that is inflicted on AIDS victims, this reproduction of a child's drawing has a disarming quality that works closely with the textual message. This poster reflected the changed tone of the media coverage of AIDS following Ryan White's courageous battle, which helped shift focus from ignorance and discrimination to acceptance and newfound knowledge of the fatal disease. Designed to evoke compassion, the simple yet powerful message in the poster has subsequently inspired a variety of spin-offs used by international AIDS awareness and education programs.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (1,007,207 Bytes)
Date:
1987
Creator:
Center for Attitudinal Healing
Source:
Original Repository: History of Medicine Division. Prints and Photographs Collection
This image may also be accessed from the Images from the History of Medicine (IHM).
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/ihm/
IHM Order Number: A028344
Publisher:
Center for Attitudinal Healing
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Center for Attitudinal Healing.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
HIV
Public Health
Visual Culture and Public Health Keywords:
Living with HIV/AIDS
Exhibit Category:
HIV/AIDS
Unique Identifier:
VCBBHD
Document Type:
Posters
Slides (photographs)
Language:
English
Format:
image/jpeg
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2016-06-03
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