Advocacy, Activism, Community and the AIDS Response in Africa

  • Emily Bass
  • Gregg Gonsalves
  • Milly Katana


AIDS is the most politicized disease of the 20th and 21st centuries. The visual chronicle of the epidemic is one of public expressions of grief, pride and rage on the part of those infected and affected by the disease. There is October 11, 1992 when the New York chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP, 1992) and 8,000 supporters scattered the ashes of ashes of friends, family and loved ones on the White House Lawn, many wearing ACT UP’s symbol: a stark pink triangle on a black background, captioned “silence equals death. (ACT UP, 1992)” Nearly eight years later, on July 9, 2000, on the eve of the 13th International AIDS Conference, thousands marched through the streets of downtown Durban, South Africa, singing, toi-toi-ing, and wearing shirts reading “HIV positive,” to demand access for AIDS treatments, including highly active antiretroviral therapies (ART), in South Africa and throughout the developing world.

These and many, many other public...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily Bass
    • 1
  • Gregg Gonsalves
    • 2
  • Milly Katana
    • 3
  1. 1.AIDS Vaccine Advocacy CoalitionUSA
  2. 2.AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern AfricaNamibia
  3. 3.Health Rights Action GroupUganda

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