27
Apr
07

The association is lost on me…

Depending on how you look at it, the following poster got me thinking.

Achtung! There’s good reason why I didn’t just paste the poster here okay, it contains ‘explicit’ material.

But I wonder about the uninteded message that YouthAids is may have put out. I’m not taking an issue with their representation of different sexual positions. And I do get their point that AIDS spreads through sexual contact (so think before you have a good time.)

But why explicitly associate sex with death? It sort of gives the impression that sex is negative and life threatening. Any one who was a little more intelligent, may have pointed out that that the sequence of graphics is non-sequitur. One might as well say, sex kills. Or more guardedly, unprotected sex kills.

I think we should be clear that it is the HIV virus (or more correctly, various infections caused by nil immune system) that kills. Posters like this perpetuate the stigma associated with HIV-AIDS rather than takes it away. It’s sort of saying that ‘you got AIDS because you-weren’t-smart-enough-to-get-your-partner-to-go-for-a-heath-checkup-before-having-sex’. Subliminal messages are not helpful or liberating. If religion gave AIDS its moral stigma, maybe a more secular society is giving it an elitist and sophisticated stigma?

Am I reading too much into this or not?


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