Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

"There were conflicting responses to AIDS when it hit. Fear. Blame. Homophobia. Guilt. Denial. A sense of doom. There were also heartwarming offers of care, often from strangers. Quilts. Ribbons. Memorials. Banding together. And running away. Some who were sick withdrew, some partied. Some said good bye and tidied things up, some maxed their cards and danced. Some got sicker and sicker while friends either vanished or attended, and wept. Some took their lives alone or with the help of others who hated what they were asked to do. Confusion. Despair. Hope. Anger. Activism. Protest. Exhaustion. Enormous sadness. It was a very hard time, when we learned a lot about truth and love. Thank god for the art." Philip Yenawine
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Oct 12, 2020

Strip AIDS Podcast | Episode 3: Paco

Artist and HIV advocate Joey Terrill speaks with Carlo Quispe about comics as a tool for addressing fear and stigma in the gay community. They discuss what has changed—and what hasn’t—since the 1980s, and how comics can offer new forms of representation for queer Latinx communities. → Read More
Oct 5, 2020

Strip AIDS Podcast | Episode 2: Legalize Positivity

HIV criminalization activist Robert Suttle speaks with Inés Ixierda and Clio Sady about their comic Legalize Positivity. Together, they discuss how HIV criminalization codifies stigma, the origins of the prison-industrial complex, and how prisons perpetuate harm. → Read More

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications - while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.