AIDS-related-Art

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High resolution 18” x 24” poster of HIV/AIDS-related issues that affect Indigenous communities
. This poster coincides with World AIDS Day & Day With (out) Art. As with all our posters, feel liberated to print out & wheatpaste at will! 

HIV/AIDS Among American Indians & Alaska Natives (CDC wedsite).

Fast Facts:
-HIV affects AI/AN in ways that are not always apparent because of their small population sizes.

-Of all races/ethnicities, AI/AN had the highest percentages of diagnosed HIV infections due to injection drug use.
AI/AN face HIV prevention challenges, including poverty, high rates of STIs, and stigma.

-HIV is a public health issue among the approximately 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), who represent about 1.7%a of the US population. Compared with other racial/ethnic groups, AI/AN ranked fifth in estimated rates of HIV infection diagnoses in 2011, with lower rates than in blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders, and people reporting multiple races, but higher rates than in Asians and whites.

The Numbers:
Overall, the effect of HIV infection on AI/AN is proportional to their US population size. However, within the overall statistics of new HIV infections and diagnoses, certain measures are disproportionate in this population group relative to other races/ethnicities.

New HIV Infections:
In 2010, fewer than 1% (210) of the estimated 47,500 new HIV infections in the United States were among AI/AN.

HIV/AIDS Diagnoses & Deaths:
-AI/AN men accounted for 76% (161) and AI/AN women accounted for 24% (51) of the estimated 212 AI/AN diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States in 2011.

-Of the estimated 161 HIV diagnoses among AI/AN men in 2011, most (75%; 120) were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact.

-Of the estimated 51 HIV diagnoses among AI/AN women in 2011, the majority (63%, 32) were attributed to heterosexual contact.

-In the United States in 2011, both male and female AI/AN had the highest percent of estimated diagnoses of HIV infection attributed to injection drug use, compared with all races/ethnicities. Among men, 11% (17) of new HIV diagnoses were attributed to injection drug use and 7% (12) were attributed to both male-to-male sex and injection drug use. Among women 37% (19) of new HIV diagnoses were attributed to injection drug use.

-In 2011, an estimated 146 AI/ANwere diagnosed with AIDS, a number that has remained relatively stable since 2008.

-By the end of 2010, an estimated 1,945 AI/AN with an AIDS diagnosis had died in the United States. In 2010, HIV infection was the ninth leading cause of death among AI/AN aged 25 to 34. 

http://www.cdc.gov/HIV/risk/racialEthnic/aian/index.html

World AIDS Day
Observed on December 1st of every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

As of 2013, AIDS has killed more than 36 million people worldwide (1981-2012), and an estimated 35.3 million people are living with HIV,[2] making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Despite recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claims an estimated 2 million lives each year, of which about 270,000 are children.

Day With(out) Art
Day Without Art (DWA) began on December 1st 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS Service Organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges take part.

In the past, Visual AIDS initiated public actions and programs, published an annual poster and copyright-free broadsides, and acted as press coordinator and clearing house for projects for Day Without Art/World AIDS Day. In 1997 we suggested Day Without Art become a Day WITH Art, to recognize and promote increased programming of cultural events that draw attention to the continuing pandemic. Though “the name was retained as a metaphor for the chilling possibility of a future day without art or artists”, we added parentheses to the program title, Day With(out) Art, to highlight the proactive programming of art projects by artists living with HIV/AIDS, and art about AIDS, that were taking place around the world. It had become clear that active interventions within the annual program were far more effective than actions to negate or reduce the programs of cultural centers.

R.I.S.E.

Radical
Indigenous
Survivance &
Empowerment

Info:
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contact: burymyart@gmail.com
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STIGMA
by Diamanda Galas

In 1992, when I wrote “we are all HIV positive” on my hand with a tattoo artist from Brooklyn, I said several things: One was that you may not separate the uninfected from the infected as so many so-called liberal doctors wanted to do, by putting the infected on Plum island outside of New York City. You cannot separate the uninfected from the infected by denying them access to your country. You cannot separate the uninfected from the infected by putting the infected on a separate floor that has red danger contagion signs and giving them crap to eat and instructing Catholic nurses not to administer painkillers to the guilty and allowing Catholic priests to visit them and inform them of their future in Hell if they do not confess that their entire life has been a crime. You cannot separate the infected from the uninfected by saying I do not have AIDS, I have syphillis, but most assuredly nothing to do with HIV, and then allow them to die an early death because they would rather die of the disease than the stigma, as so many did, and do, including my best friend– in 1996–who would be living today if he had not been petrified of the stigma and intentionally saw a doctor whose research was based on the option and the opinion that HIV did not cause AIDS. A second opinion, or better yet,my friend’s own research with other researchers would have been smarter. He knew better, but he told me when we first met in 1989 that he would kill himself if he were diagnosed with HIV. No matter what I said to him he continued to visit the one practitioner who would condone this denial for six years until it was too late, and the following year protease inhibitors hit the market—the year after he died. No, you cannot separate the uninfected from the infected by saying “I do not suffer from this virus: I have been spared.” Because one day, in one city, in one moment, you will learn that you suffer from some virus, some pathogen, something poisonous that will not exit from your body; and you will realize that you do not mourn the dead, you mourn the suffering of the living while they are still alive. No one can escape death, and worse than that, no one can escape the life of anything and everything that smells your blood and lives because of it.

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All my heart & power goes out to the 100+ HIV/AIDS activists who perished today. The absence in our community of elders from a generation lost to a deadly epidemic that was poorly handled & ignored by the government of this corrupt country is one that leaves a giant hole in all our lives. This is surely a great loss. Yet, I have faith in our generation & the generations to come. The power & force of those we lost burns brighter than any ball of fire burning in space.

If there is ever any moment to take on a cause & fight until something gives, then that moment is now. 
If you are reading this, please know that you are special & loved & capable of moving mountains!

With tears come strength. With sorrow comes energy.
And with the knowledge left behind comes a better world.
Keep the flame alive & love! Rest in power, lovers! xo

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/delegates-to-melbourne-aids-summit-on-doomed-flight-mh17/story-e6frg6nf-1226993197572?nk=cb467548dbc987d6377abe28d159758f

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/health/leading-aids-researcher-killed-in-malaysia-airlines-crash.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=a-lede-package-region&region=lede-package&WT.nav=lede-package&_r=0

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