World AIDS Day (1 December) is a good opportunity to revisit the much used and, it seems, well known, collection of AIDS posters in the Wellcome Library, which is now freely available online (search the Library catalogues for access):
The collection, numbering 3000+ posters, is the focus of a free talk called World AIDS day: Global Visions to be held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on Monday 2nd December at 6pm. Tickets for the event can be booked online.
Our poster collection continues to grow. Jane Shepherd, the designer of several AIDS posters from Zimbabwe, contacted us this year when she noticed the Library held one of her designs. She related the moving story behind her posters in a recent blog and also donated another 2 posters to our collection.
AIDS posters continue to be produced each year by charities such as the Terrence Higgins Trust, and the promotion HIV testing remains the focus of their campaigns – there is now a National HIV Testing week, managed by the Terrence Higgins Trust in the UK, which took place from 22-29 November this year, in the run up to World AIDS Day. It targeted gay men and African communities: those believed to be most vulnerable to infection today.
Julia Nurse is Content and Metadata Officer at the Wellcome Library.