New Exhibit: Surviving and Thriving

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A new traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine is on display in the main lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture documents the history of AIDS and the experiences of people living with AIDS during the early years of the epidemic. Far more than just “AIDS patients,” these individuals were critical in the political and medical fight against HIV and AIDS.

First identified in 1981, AIDS quickly developed into a devastating epidemic in the United States. While physicians struggled to provide patient care and pursue research into HIV and AIDS, the U.S. government issued little response to the crisis for nearly half a decade. To counter this inaction on the part of the federal government, many people living with AIDS stepped into roles of activists and educators. These individuals promoted AIDS prevention methods, fought homophobia, and advocated for research funding and public health initiatives focused on addressing the epidemic.


Brochures promoting AIDS education. Image from the National Library of Medicine.

The Surviving and Thriving exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Visit the exhibition website for additional content and a digital gallery of posters and ephemera related to AIDS from the collections of the National Library of Medicine. Also on display in the Library lobby are research and educational publications on AIDS from the 1980s and 1990s, as well as documents related to the history of AIDS in Virginia and at UVA. The exhibit will be on display until August 11, 2017. For questions or comments about the exhibit, contact Historical Collections & Services.

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