Visual AIDS is excited to launch our first podcast in conjunction with Strip AIDS 2020, a series of new comics addressing the ongoing HIV pandemic.

Hosted by Alexandro Segade, our first season of podcasts feature the artists of Strip AIDS 2020 in conversation with fellow AIDS activists to discuss themes and issues that are brought up in each comic.

As a visual and accessible medium, comics have long been used as educational tools in the fight against HIV and AIDS, providing life-saving information about safer sex practices and representing communities and perspectives often erased from public health narratives.

Episode 1: Just a Pill?

J. Amaro and A. Andrews with Johnny Guaylupo

What does it mean to be living well with HIV? Artists J. Amaro and A. Andrews share their thoughts on this question with Johnny Guaylupo, an HIV advocate working with Housing Works. Spoiler: it’s more than just a pill! Read the comic here! And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Spotify.

J. Amaro manages a small team of community health professionals serving and advocating for people who choose to inject and people at risk for HIV. @s.oft_j

A. Andrews
is a disabled thirty-something queer creative making comics in Minneapolis, MN. heyandrews.com@_anghost

Johnny Guaylupo is an activist and Assistant Program Director at Housing Works.

Alexandro Segade is an artist and writer based in New York. His graphic novel The Context was published by Primary Information this year, and his podcast Supergay explores the ways that superhero comics have always been queer. Segade is a founding member of the collective My Barbarian, which has a survey exhibition scheduled at the Whitney Museum in 2021, and he is an assistant professor of art at Cornell University. alexandrosegade.net

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Visual AIDS thanks J. Amaro, A. Andrews, and Johnny Guyalupo for participating in this episode, and Tamara Oyola-Santiago for her advice. Special thanks to Alexandro Segade for hosting and consulting on the podcast, and to Fletcher Aleckson for recording and editing. Strip AIDS 2020 is curated by Paul Sammut for Visual AIDS.

Strip AIDS 2020 was funded in part by The New York Community Trust DIFFA Fund. The Strip AIDS 2020 website and related programming is funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.