Visual AIDS aims to reduce stigma for black men who are HIV positive

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's a creative way aimed at reducing the disgrace often associated with being an African- American man and also being HIV positive. The stories of 11 brave men are on display in the Crossroads during this Friday’s ‘First Fridays’ event.  FOX 4 photojournalist Jon Haiduk takes us behind the pictures in the video above. You can find the exhibit at Outpost Worldwide at 1919 Baltimore and more information at this link.

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2 comments

  • D. Rashaan Gilmore

    Hi Ben,
    Criticizing before being informed is perhaps the epitome of shortsighted and shallow. As to the exhibition, certainly no one is asserting or inferring that Black men “…are the only ones stigmatized from being HIV+.” We all know different. However, in the Kansas City Metro Area (as well as nationally!), young Black men who have sex with men are at highest risk for HIV transmission. As well, there exist multiple cultural, religious, institutional and other barriers that perpetuate a particularly oppressive form of stigmatization unique to the Black Experience. There is a wide body of incontrovertible data which proves as much. Google it.
    You’re welcome.

    /drg/