The BBC have highlighted the Wellcome Library AIDS poster collection to mark World AIDS Day today. They have produced a slideshow showcasing a variety of posters from the collection, which numbers nearly 3,000 and represents 99 countries and 75 languages. The posters have been fully digitised, and many of them are now freely available online. The Librarian who manages this collection, William Schupbach, and Julia Nurse, who has catalogued the posters over the past 18 months, provide a narrative explaining the significance of the posters.
World AIDS Day is sponsored by the National AIDS Trust, and serves to raise awareness through a series of campaigns and events on 1 December, annually. This year’s highlights include the Respect & Protect campaign, information on preventing, testing for and living with HIV, and a range of personal stories from people who have been affected by AIDS or HIV.