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Interview with the French doctor Didier Jayle talks about his work informing students in schools about how HIV is spread and how it can be prevented. He is also asked how dealing with AIDS in his work affects his personal life.
Dr Didier Jayle talks about AIDS awareness, the importance of reaching out to young people, and how his work with AIDS patients affects him as a doctor and as a human being.
"AIDS – Metaphor and Reality" is the very first Face of AIDS documentary from 1986, experts as well as people living with HIV and AIDS speak about stigma. The main message of this film is that AIDS is a worldwide issue which concerns everyone regardless of their sexual preferences.
Since 1981 and the first cases of what was later to be called HIV and AIDS, moving images and film – like always, mostly American – have played a big part in how society has come to understand and be informed about the epidemic. According to many surveys over the years, more so than from sources like friends, doctors, school or newspapers. And, like the majority of films in film history, the stories have mostly been made by men, about men. In the 1980s, typical media representations of AIDS in the US were also under the influence of the political clout of the religious right and their conservative ideas about sex and LGBT issues. The early story of AIDS was all about "family values", homophobia, stereotyping and fear of the other.
The history of HIV and AIDS is not only about medical concerns, but of social exclusions and political struggles as well. From the outbreak of the epidemic, inequality and patterns of discrimination affected both the spread of the disease and various responses to it. As the epidemic almost immediately became associated with some of the most marginalized groups in the society, homophobia, racism, and disdain for people who use drugs provoked many of the early responses. But perhaps lesser known, gender subordination and sexism also played an essential role in fueling the epidemic.
"One night, I was coming back home at 3 am, drunk, and I decided to have a short cut, but in that corner, suddenly from nowhere, two men appear, one in the front and one behind me. By that time, I didn’t know I was at risk of HIV, but I knew that the rape situation changed me forever. Now that I have studied the issue, the connections between violence against women and HIV, I can tell you that is so evident, that we cannot avoid working with that. You really have to link those two issues.”
The 23rd International AIDS Conference was set to be held in San Francisco and Oakland in 6-10 July 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be virtual this year. With this theme, the Face of AIDS Archive pays tribute to the conference, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, and the achievements made in the HIV response. Watch documentaries and interviews from the 1980s to the present, hear the voices of activists, patients, researchers and hospital staff.
The theme Women and AIDS puts the light on the many stories we have in the Face of AIDS Archive told by women, aspects on hiv and AIDS often not getting enough attention. Apart from films from the archive the theme also includes texts written by writers Emma Gray Munthe, Erik Gunnarsson and Izabella Rosengren and also unique illustrations by Hanna Gustavsson. The theme is a collaboration with Stockholms Kvinnohistoriska.