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By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Behind the Picture: The photo that changed the face of AIDS

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Behind the Picture: The photo that changed the face of AIDS

In the early 90’s a journalism student named Therese Frere started volunteering at an AIDS hospice and photographed the horrific effects of the disease. Her work was pivotal in changing the public’s perspective on HIV and AIDS. The public viewed it as a controversial disease that effected the outer fringes of society, and had no personal personal effect on them, even though many people were infected unknowingly by blood transfusions and other means.

This essay about a young gay activist, his friend and caregiver Peta, and his parents is utterly heartbreaking and captivating. The images just knock the breath out of you with their crushing devastation. 

Frere’s work contributed to the public’s understanding of the disease and how it can effect anyone.

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Written by apriljana

December 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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