Mar 16th 2023

Oral Histories and Narratives Around HIV/AIDS Today

@ Gallery 400


Opening Thursday, March 16th, from 5PM - 6:30PM

What are the cultural perceptions of HIV/AIDS today? While the disease continues to disproportionately affect queer folks, Black women, and those living in poverty, advancements in modern medicine have ushered in pre- and post-exposure treatments, such as Truvada and Descovy among others, which have made the once deadly disease efficiently treatable.

In this conversation, UIC professor Jennifer Brier, Debra Fleming, Gregg Bordowitz, and Dan Berger discuss their lived experiences and research around the epidemic. Brier and Fleming have collaborated on I’m Still Surviving, a project centered on oral histories of women living with HIV/AIDS. A member of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) during the 1980s, Bordowitz has employed video and writing as means for empowering those living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Berger has extensively conducted research and HIV-related clinical trials that have led to effective antiretroviral therapy. Together, the four examine conceptions of the disease in the past, present, and future.

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