Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Get the Picture

Get the Picture?

According to aids.gov more than one million individuals in the United States (U.S.) are living with  HIV/AIDS, while globally 33.4 million are infected by the disease. Since, "the first cases of ...AIDS were reported in the United States in June of 1981" (aids.gov),  one would think that by now - decades later - more people would be aware of the disease and would take preventative actions; yet, this is not the case. Surprisingly, one in five living with HIV is unaware of their infection. 

In an attempt to raise awareness numerous AIDS campaigns have been launched; some of the campaigns have received mixed reviews (below).

NOTE: SOME OF THE IMAGES ARE EXPLICIT! 
IF YOU ARE UNDER 18,
IT IS ADVISED TO SEEK PARENTAL SUPERVISION.  

 Aids Makes Us Equal (France).
Not even Superwoman/Superman is safe.

Aides.org Advertisement (France)

Don't Loose Your Head: AIDS Awareness Ads (Germany)
The text in the ads states that,
“It’s easy to loose your head when you’re horny.”

Adolf Hitler (Germany)

Cut and Paste Ad 

Although, the ads (above) are controversial, I think they are perfect in raising awareness; with such vivid images it's hard not to get the picture. The ads have a shock factor that make teenagers and adults alike stop and think. While, other ads that are not as bold can share the same message (below), they may not have the same impact. Personally, the vivid images seen in the ads above grabbed my attention - so much so that I decided to write this post.  


Youth Aids Advertisement

GET TESTED TODAY!
  • Visit HIVtest.org. Enter your ZIP code and you'll get a list of HIV testing sites, including those that offer free HIV tests.
  • Call 1-800 CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
  • Text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) and you'll receive a message in reply that lists the nearest testing locations.
  • Contact your state or local health department.
To learn more about HIV visit aids.gov. To find out more about Youth Aids and their partnership with ALDO,click here

7 comments:

  1. Thank you highlighting this issue, I can't believe the first case was only in 1981! it is our duty and responsibility to get checked. I think the pictures bring home the fact clearly.

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  6. Wow. I like the superwoman and superman photos but I think the French and German pictures are inappropriate. I get the message but I don't think it speaks loud enough concerning the weight of the issue that it's about, and I think there's a better way to get the message across. Also, I don't think the message scares people enough. The point is to have people be more cautious about who they have sex with, have protected sex, and to get tested. To get people to be more cautious I think you have to show the consequences, as opposed to such provocative pictures. Put up pictures of what STDs look like, of what a person dying from AIDS looks like. That way people will think "Wow, I don't want that!" or "I don't want to end up like that!" I don't think those thoughts initially come to mind when viewing these current ads, which put something of a "sexy" spin on the topic. Great post hon! I've been enlightened on what's going on in the world.

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