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Author Topic: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"  (Read 9942 times)

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Offline Iggy

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L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« on: September 30, 2006, 09:36:22 PM »
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« Last Edit: January 12, 2007, 08:34:03 PM by Iggy »

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Re: New HIV PSA: "HIV is a gay disease."
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2006, 08:13:27 AM »
"AIDS is not a gay disease," Weinstein said. "It's not an African American disease; it's not a Latino disease. It is a disease of the immune system."

"This is ludicrous. It's ridiculous," Davis said. "It's going backward."

I HOPE THOSE PSAs GET PULLED

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Re: New HIV PSA: "HIV is a gay disease."
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2006, 09:35:03 AM »
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For 20 years, gay men have vigorously fought the contention that HIV is a disease of homosexuals.
So a gay organization is being criticized for reaching out to it's community.
Would you fault a minority group for putting a face that their community recognizes. This is just gay bashing!
When you see a face for sickle cell anemia it is Black, never saw any other group who gets it being shown yet they are never criticized.
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Activist Cynthia Davis, who has labored for years to ease the stigma of HIV in the African American community, said the Gay & Lesbian Center's campaign could erase years of progress in a community that is skittish about homosexuality but at high risk for the disease.
This says it all on her agenda.
« Last Edit: October 01, 2006, 09:42:03 AM by alisenjafi »
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L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2006, 04:08:41 PM »
See this story in the LA Times.

To see the actual ads, go here

I understand and respect those that criticize this ad campaign, but I think it's bold and MUCH NEEDED.

Thoughts?

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2006, 04:33:32 PM »
AIDS is a HUMAN disease...

This although trying to reach a target group, is in my opinion irresponsible..  The reason why people of all orientations have become soft about the issue is (again my opinion) that people think that "hey.. i can take meds.. no biggie"

Dang it Peter...  i have a bad feeling that there will have to be something huge that happens to the whole population before folks get a grip!!

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2006, 04:44:06 PM »
I have no probs with the concept. It's a necessary campaign area, LA or not LA, but by the stats esp LA.  But it's such a difficult nut to crack.

Let us gloss over the factual inaccuracy in the copywriting, or the dumbing down of the accurate message for the audience (In LA 75% of people who test HIV positive each year are gay or bisexual, perhaps?). IMHO dumbing down never helps. In my experience, the only thing that changes what gay men a think about HIV, and the risks they take in this respect, is other gay men, talking with them, mano a mano. Let us also gloss over the generally Caucasian characteristics of the models too.

As usual with these billboard campaigns etc, it will make nil or marginal difference, and not reach the parts the really need to be reached. Them drag queens at Stonewall Bar weren't fighting for sensible integration of personal and public health, they were fighting for sexual autonomy, and yes, pleasure, and until campaign people get their head round this little piece of gay liberation history, they's gonna go nowhere intersting in a hurry.

Harm reduction works for drugs, and it works for sex. So why this campaign, I ask myself, which is begs for me the questions "why should I?" and "how does it make my sex safer?". It's so damn moral.

Short version: right target, wrong campaign (for me, but I'm a Brit so what do I know about LA and what works there etc).

There's a similar (topic wise) campaign in the UK just now, the materials start "This information is for HIV-positive and HIV-negative men". (might have a gay in there somewhere, can't remember). "HIV is your responsibility". I look forward to the evaluation. It's different. I dunno if it will work. These things are very hard to get on the spot.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2006, 04:49:50 PM »
I think the intent of the ad is to enrage people, which it already seems to be doing.  It's giving new life to a topic that many in the gay community have become deaf to.

Do we typically pay attention to ads in New York, or Florida, or LA for that matter?  In this instance we do.  Perhaps it'll open dialogue for people calloused to the issue.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2006, 06:05:26 PM »
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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2006, 06:24:57 PM »
We talk about who is reading this, "the target audience."  I hope they market this very carefully.  I wonder what every other type of person (non-gay) must be trying to figure out when they drive by that bill-board in LA saying "AIDS IS A GAY DISEASE"..  "Kewl, I am in the clear".  "They were responsible for this". bla bla bla...

Where is the upshot here??  I am having trouble with seeing it... How can others see it? Esp driving by at 65mph..
« Last Edit: October 01, 2006, 07:55:17 PM by Eric »

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2006, 06:42:18 PM »
This ad stinks of politics. We have an administration in office that openly declares homosexuality a perversion and against God and human nature. Of course they want to label this a gay disease.  They lie about everything else why not make HIV/AIDS solely the fault of all gayís? Is anyone seeing the real agenda here?

Label it a gay disease so we wonít have to waste taxpayer money on them. This way they can completely stop funding Ryan White instead of just flat funding it. And then they can do away with ADAP altogether. So they can put more money into more important issues like forcing democracy on people that live in the stone ages.

I just wonder what Jerry Falwell think of this being labeled a gay disease? Iím sure he preaches AIDS is a gay disease from his bully pulpit every chance he gets.

Itís a disease for Christ sakes. That anyone can and will get if not properly educated in prevention and safer sex habits.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2006, 07:41:36 PM »
It doesn't bother me.  This campaign isn't being done in a vaccum.  There are plenty of other messages out there, so I don't think someone will simply see this one ad and conclude that HIV isn't a risk for their group.  If it's targeted very well, then it's unlikely to be seen (much) by the non-target group anyway.  Plus the ad specifically states that HIV isn't just a gay disease.  I think they are just using that statement to get your attention.

I do find it odd that in justifying the ad, they make this statement...
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While men of color represent the largest group of people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County, it is rarely noted that the vast majority of them are gay and bisexual men.
So they at least acknowledge that gay/bisexual men of color is the largest group impacted by AIDS and yet they use two white models.  That seems odd if they were truly trying to get the message out to the people most impacted by HIV.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2006, 08:02:37 PM »
I don't see anything wrong with the ad. It's when people only read the subject title they object without first reading the contents. It's really a good attention getter to get people to read on. It's a very good add.


edited: because Matty didn't tell me I stuttered when I typed ad.
« Last Edit: October 02, 2006, 04:44:39 AM by RapidRod »

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2006, 08:19:28 PM »

To clarify - I don't agree that the need to raise consciousness within one group means that the mislabeling of a disease for propaganda purposes is acceptable.  Frankly I think we'd all have a cow if a Republican senator said that HIV is a gay disease, but we are expected to understand the power of us spouting the same idiocy for our own purposes?

So what then we explain to the hetero teens who cite the the same logic they we teach them that HIV is something they need to worry about?

Bottom line is empowerment shouldn't come at the price of a lie...or at least a gross misstatement.

Big ditto (particularly the Republican senator slant--or say the CDC came out with this ad?) 
 



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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2006, 08:38:45 PM »
It is still predominantly a disease of homosexual (I'm including the bi's here so they don't bitch) men here in Australia. Around 85-90% of infections are through homosexual male cotact so I can see the wisdom in targeting particular groups where that is the case.

I suspect it's that stuff about tailoring the message to match the epidemiology.

Or something.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2006, 09:47:02 PM »
This is a Global Pandemic.

The "focus" should be on education, awareness, and prevention regardless of the person's sexual orientation. HIV/AIDS has no respect of person or group in our communities, it effects everyone.





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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2006, 09:57:32 PM »
It's all about marketing to a particular target group.  I agree that HIV/AIDS plays no favorites when it comes to sexual orientation, but I think lesbians/gays are more apt to pay attention to an ad that is focused and targeted directly towards them then the general public at large.  And if in fact it is true that gay and bisexual men make up the greatest percentage of new HIV infections in the LA market than it only makes sense to target that group.  You put your marketing and advertising dollars to work where it's going to make the most impact. 

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« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2006, 09:59:23 PM »
Yeah Eldon, but where HIV affects particular sections of the community more than others, it's appropriate to target awareness and education campaigns to those groups in terms that they understand. Eg, pictures of muscle-bound white guys aren't going to be terribly effective in sub-saharan Africa.

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« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2006, 10:35:45 PM »
Your point is well taken Dennis and Matty.





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Re: New HIV PSA: "HIV is a gay disease."
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2006, 03:12:41 AM »
At first blush, I thought this was a big step backward.

But, after thinking about it, the idea does have some merit.

While I realize stigma is a sticky issue and that globally, HIV is a largely heterosexual issue, in my back yard it isn't.

I'll never forget the response people had to an education campaign here that showed a cadre of young, black, urbran heterosexuals living with AIDS.

It was well done, moving and totally ineffective. It might have played very well in Chicago, where it was made, but it fell flat here where the majority of the people viewing it were white, middle class rural youth for whom the message was lost.

But when there was a young, white, hometown Mormon boy speaking to the class, they listened, asked lots of questions and the impression was they left with at least some idea they were at risk.

The focus on the gay community in Los Angeles is appropriate, just as would one focusing on Navajo youth here. Blanket messages don't work. Maybe creating target-specific ones will.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2006, 08:15:42 AM »
FYI -- a long-term AIDS activist and previous POZ cover-boy, Michael Petrelis, has posted on his blog about this. 

Read it here.

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Re: New HIV PSA: "HIV is a gay disease."
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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
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Re: New HIV PSA: "HIV is a gay disease."
« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2006, 08:51:13 AM »
mark - I agree with you 100% on this, but targeting a group and mis-education are two different things.

What of all the men who claim they are not gay/bisexual but only have sex with men?

Iggy, then there should also be targeted PSA's for other groups in addition to gays.  From what I've been told by local health workers, HIV (and syphilis) numbers are rising, in our area, primarily among the gay community.  If these PSA's are put out by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, I'd expect them to target gays.  Perhaps "HIV is a heterosexual disease" will be next followed by "HIV is an African disease" then maybe "HIV is an IV drug users disease".  I'm not sure how to reach those MSM's that don't identify as gay or bi... maybe "HIV is a MSM disease" will help.  Who knows.  These ads really do need to be targeted, though.  Maybe "HIV is our disease; don't let it become yours" with a picture of a group of folks with a variety of ethnicities, sexes, etc would be best.  I'm just glad to see SOMETHING being done in terms of increasing awareness of HIV / AIDS.

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Re: New HIV PSA: "HIV is a gay disease."
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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2006, 08:57:36 AM »
The queers of LA will cope I'm sure. Whether we like it or not in Western societies HIV is a disease of homosexual men irrespective of the science. It's cultural.

Perhaps AIDS is all we gay men really have.

MtD

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #25 on: October 02, 2006, 09:00:36 AM »
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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #26 on: October 02, 2006, 09:05:09 AM »
This campaign, like all such campaigns, will have absolutely no effect whatsoever. Except to generate earnest debate in internet forums and hot air on blogs.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #27 on: October 02, 2006, 11:14:53 AM »
Just so no-one is confused, Iggy requested that his and Peter's threads on this subject were merged, because as he pointed out, this is too important a subject to have spread out in two threads.

For what it's worth, here's my 2p on the subject:

As I'm not a gay man, I can't possibly say whether or not this ad is going to make any gay men sit up and take notice. I do know, however, that for any straights seeing these posters, it's just going to reinforce the myth and it won't encourage them to use condoms or get tested.

There has been some evidence (in Uganda) that simple ad campaigns encouraging people (as in everyone) to use condoms do work to an extent. It seems to me that we need to stop targeting groups and target the human population as a whole. Every time we focus on certain groups, it reinforces the myth that only certain groups are at risk. As we all know, it's not who you do, it's how you do it.

Saying all that, I'm torn over this issue nonetheless. I suppose something is better than nothing - but then again, if it's reinforcing the myths, is it really? As I said, I'm torn on this issue.

Bah.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #28 on: October 02, 2006, 12:03:23 PM »
ANY AND ALL STRAIGHT PEOPLE NOT COVERING UP FOR SEX IN THE HERE AND NOW ARE "BUG CHASERS", "PROPONENTS OF HIV AS A STRAIGHT DISEASE", AND ANY OTHER INANE THING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT THEM.  I, FOR ONE, AM TIRED OF THIS VERY BULLSHIT "GAY DISEASE" RESPONSE TO A VIRAL PROTEIN THAT WILL CAUSE YOUR BODY TO DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #29 on: October 02, 2006, 01:02:14 PM »
When we were in Montreal, I kept seeing this poster in bathrooms.  It seemed like it was everywhere we went.  Granted, we were in a 'gay section' so I don't know if these PSA's were widespread or localized.  Herpes isn't a gay thing, to be sure, but I, and several others, did notice these posters.  What caught my attention was the pictures (DUH!).  If these were in English, or if my French was a lot better, I would have read them.  As it was, I did try to read them.  This just shows that targetting the appropriate audience can be effective.  If these pictures had been of African women or a heterosexual hispanic couple, I doubt I'd have given them a second glance.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #30 on: October 02, 2006, 02:01:32 PM »
Aids is a gay disease.  Aids is a straight disease.  Aids is a black disease.  Aids is a mother's disease.  Aids is a father's disease.  Aids is a baby's disease.  Aids is a gay korean cross-dressing storeowner's disease.

WHO CARES???

Mentioning one of the above statements doesn't negate the others.  Why does everyone have their panties in a bunch? Perceptions are perceptions, people will think what they will; the only true thing this ad campaign is gauranteed to do is to anger people into speaking about it.

I think the reason it's become such a hot button is because people perceive it to be a pointing finger of blame toward gays.  I would be curious to know if those angry about it looked deep inside themselves and answer the following question as honestly as possible:

"Does this ad enrage me because I perceive it to be blaming/shaming?"

REALLY.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #31 on: October 02, 2006, 02:30:16 PM »
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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #32 on: October 02, 2006, 02:43:12 PM »

I do, however do think you make a great point:
I think this is a fair question and I'm considering it before further reply.


#1  I'm not feigning anything, I'm asking a question;
#2  How terribly benevolent of you - yet somehow strangely shaming in a right of its own; and,
#3 You needn't apologize, because I've already forgiven you.

LOL

BTW, it really makes me sad to report you to the moderators as an Al Queda Terrorist. :) LOL  I think they're gonna ban you.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #33 on: October 02, 2006, 02:47:37 PM »
Quote from Michael Petrelis:
 

And the campaigns all share one common factor: find and exploit a controversial angle. As if it's not enough that we gays on a daily basis must deal with religious and political controversies stirred up by our opponents who sometimes question our very existence, right to love and live safely, we must also contend with AIDS groups hitting us with new controversial campaigns every few months.

Since when did controversy become THE fundamental building block on which to create effective gay health programs? Is there any verifiable proof controversies lead to a better well-being for gay men and is any other community subjected to constant, hostile, accusatory social marketing campaigns? end quote.

We will lose funding if this administration can deem this a GAY disease. Thatís my concern.



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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #34 on: October 02, 2006, 04:59:20 PM »
I do not believe this campaign will accomplish anything as prevention messages in the US are all but useless.  We should not be arguing about the contents of the ad so much as the message that needs to be sent to stop new infections.  It is time for some truly new ideas in prevention.

While the building burns, we all quibble on the best way to throw water on the fire.  Before you know it, too late, the building is gone.  Same with HIV.  We either get a handle on this globally or eventually it will bankrupt the world both fiscally as well as morally.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #35 on: October 02, 2006, 06:03:57 PM »
I still feel that there is a false sense of security regarding the outcome of AIDS... yes... I'm on meds... Yes i have a pulse..Yes.. I'm able to take care of myself and those around me...

I as of current have a CD4 of 176... i have been able to maintain said CD4 since 2003... am i alive? not really... am i sad.. NOT AT ALL.. do i think that a billboard or a sign in the bathroom will make a difference.. NO!!! 

this is the slippery slope of the "AIDS is a manageable disease" way of thinking...

just my thoughts..

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #36 on: October 02, 2006, 06:37:59 PM »


this is the slippery slope of the "AIDS is a manageable disease" way of thinking...

lisbeth

Ouch!!!

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« Reply #37 on: October 02, 2006, 07:17:38 PM »
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« Reply #38 on: October 02, 2006, 07:39:35 PM »
In one sense it is the same arguement as African Americans not like anyo one else but themselves to use the "N" word. And again the issue seems lost that gays need to practice safe sex, for 20 years we wore the mantle one ad isn't changing anyones mind.

Newt the guys to me look hispanic, and in NYC almost all gay ads have Black or Hispanic guys. In fact I live in the capital of Hispanic gay life in NYC, so again if you are targeting your audience, then you want jesus to look like you. Actually I wonder now why there aren't more str8 AIDS organizations, oh yes Bush 's churches!
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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #39 on: October 02, 2006, 08:15:39 PM »
Dear All,

I'm wondering if a series of ads along the lines someone else mentioned would work: AIDS IS A LATINO DISEASE, AIDS IS A HETEROSEXUAL DISEASE, AIDS IS A CHILDREN'S DISEASE, etc. as the bold statement and then in a chain of phrases underneath list all of the various communities affected. And in bold typeface YOU CAN HELP STOP IT BY ALWAYS USING A CONDOM FOR INTERCOURSE. I'd rather use a stronger word for intercourse, but obviously that won't fly in a sex skittish society.

Even if some people don't like the AIDS IS A GAY DISEASE for the obvious stated reasons, maybe it stir up some stuff about prevention which can only be to the good.

This epidemic cannot be gotten under control until the infection rate is brought down significantly. I'm willing to consider various approaches and welcome more suggestions here.

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« Reply #40 on: October 02, 2006, 08:38:13 PM »
I would agree with the chain of phrases... but at the end.. perhaps it should say

= 's death

last i checked... no cure...
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« Reply #41 on: October 02, 2006, 08:46:02 PM »
this is the slippery slope of the "AIDS is a manageable disease" way of thinking...

lisbeth

I know Daddy Tim quoted Lisbeth on this, but I think it bears repeating. If we should be condemning anything it's the notion of AIDS as a manageable illness, like it's fucking diabetes or something.

It's the most rapacious and effective killer human kind has ever known.

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #42 on: October 03, 2006, 12:16:49 AM »
MtD- when I got my confirmatory results, Callen-Lorde (NYC) gave me a folder with pamphlets. One of them showed a cartoon of a guy telling his mom over the phone, and he in fact told her it was just like having Diabetes.

I personally agree that just that ad 'Aids is a gay disease', driving by at a minimum of 65 mph on an LA freeway, won't do much but enforce the stereotype.

The first billboard could be "aids is a gay disease", but before the next exit, and before some redneck on vacation is able to say "see that Flo, I to..", the next billboard should say "aids is a straight disease', and so on. Get their attention, then  shatter the myth and tell them like it is.
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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #43 on: October 03, 2006, 08:32:26 AM »
i think the ads should say

"AIDS is a xxxxx disease" in quotes

and have a pic of someone who clearly is NOT  xxxxx

and then under the quotes in huge red uppercase letters it should say WRONG

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« Reply #44 on: October 03, 2006, 09:01:50 AM »
Andy brings up a point that I have been in favor of for years and years.  One fact remains ................  Most prevention advertising monies come from the CDC, who still to this day do not want to spend any ad monies on prevention, outside the Gay Community, mainly becasue of their very lazy data gathering techniques. 

Unfortunately the one holding the purse strings is still the one in charge.

Sad but true.
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This doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals,
It's just that they need more supervision.
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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #45 on: October 03, 2006, 09:22:08 AM »
MtD- when I got my confirmatory results, Callen-Lorde (NYC) gave me a folder with pamphlets. One of them showed a cartoon of a guy telling his mom over the phone, and he in fact told her it was just like having Diabetes.


Blah, blah, blah, your confirmatory result, something about pamphlets.

Say something real.

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« Reply #46 on: October 03, 2006, 03:03:05 PM »
     This whole thing upsets me,I may not be a well educated women,but this whole thing pisses me off. People have been trying to say since the 80's that this is a gay disease.Well I disagree.
I am a straight women who made a consious choice to have unprotected sex.I myself new the risk,being someone who has worked for hospice for many years and decided that it would never happen to me.Well I was wrong. It isn't any particular group; It's a human issue.
Our people (Brothers and Sisters of the world) All of us as human beings should  want to help everyone and try to educate the world about HIV and AIDS.Our children are our future. This is the kind of campains that we should be doing.We as individuals need to take responsability for our own actions. I chose not to protect myself knowing what is out there.I have knowone to blame but me.
   When I was diagnosed over a year ago I chose to tell anyone who would listen, because I wanted people to see that it can happen to anyone.If I can make one person stop and think about protecting themselves and to get tested,then I know that this has happened to me for a reason.
I believe things could dnange if we just stop trying to say that aids is a gay disease or a AA or anyother culture that is out there .WE ARE MOTHERS, FATHERS,BROTHERS,SISTERS,GRANDPARENTS,AUNTS UNCLES,WE ARE HUMANS.Thank you         

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #47 on: October 04, 2006, 08:54:39 AM »
I think that if a billboard went up in Greensboro that said "AIDS is a Gay Disease" most people's response would be "Amen".

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Re: L.A. Center ad campaign: "AIDS is a gay disease"
« Reply #48 on: October 04, 2006, 03:56:35 PM »
In my experience, the only thing that changes what gay men a think about HIV, and the risks they take in this respect, is other gay men, talking with them, mano a mano.

Matt got it right -- the most powerful prevention tool we've got is people talking to each other about the issue.  But that's where I think ads like this can come in handy.  Just look at the amount of discussion we've had here about HIV prevention -- what works, what doesn't -- because of these provocative ads.

As most of you know, I'm a fan of provocative prevention campaigns, because I think that campaigns that provoke discussions between individuals are the only ones that stand a chance of having an impact, if any.  The ad's impact will only be indirect -- by provoking discussions -- it's the discussions themselves that sometimes lead to changed perceptions and behaviours.

I ran an ad on some phone booths in New York back in 2004 saying "HUGE SALE!  Buy Crystal, get HIV FREE!"  You can see the ad here.  The ads, like the LA Center's ad, pissed a lot of people off, but also brought meth out of the closet here in NYC.  Gay men talked about our problem with meth, many for the first time.  And most feel that perceptions have changed.  The jury is still out on how much behaviours have changed because of it.

Getting gay men to take seriously the issue of HIV again will be a very hard nut to crack.  I think a few shocking ads might get people talking again -- a necessary first step.

As for the possible down-side of these ads -- creating or reinforcing misperceptions that if you're not gay, then you're not at risk -- again, the ad itself isn't going to change anyone's minds about anything -- you'll notice in this thread that no one who feels that AIDS is EVERYONE's problem said "well, ya know, after seeing the ad, I've decided I might be wrong, and that maybe it's just a gay thing." 

But what about reinforcing misperceptions.  What about those who already think it's just a gay problem -- won't this reinforce their opinion?  There's certainly a risk of that.  I'd bet good money however that they'd still be surprised by the ad.  They might think that way, but they also probably know their opinion ISN'T very P.C., and would be surprised to see it on a billboard.  I'm betting their first thought would be "who posted that?"  And then they might read the small type.  I'm betting they wouldn't just think "yes, I knew i was right -- there it is on a billboard!"

I'm even willing to bet that if two homophobic teenagers drive by and see this ad, it might start a discussion as to who placed the ad and why -- they might even figure it out -- it's a gay group being provocative in an attempt to get other gay men to remember that HIV is still a risk.

Peter

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« Reply #49 on: October 04, 2006, 08:51:16 PM »
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