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Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture



Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, 1st Floor Special Collections and Archives Reading Room
509 North 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23298


Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences is proud to host a traveling exhibit, "Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture." The exhibit, developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, illustrates an iconic history of AIDS alongside lesser-known examples of historical figures who changed the course of the pandemic. Utilizing a variety of historic photographs, pamphlets and publications, "Surviving and Thriving" is divided into five historical investigations, each of which highlights how different groups responded to AIDS. Early responders cared for the sick, fought homophobia and promoted new practices to keep people healthy. Scientists and public-health officials struggled to understand the disease and how it spread. Politicians remained largely silent until the epidemic became too big to ignore. Activists demanded that people with AIDS be part of the solution.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during all normal library hours. Parking is available for a fee in the 8th Street parking deck. If special accommodations are needed, please contact Thelma Mack, research and education coordinator, at (804) 828-0017.

Image: "Surviving and Thriving: Aids, Politics, and Culture" exhibit poster detail, by the National Library of Medicine, featuring the photograph "Protest over Food and Drug Administration ban on Haitian blood donations, Brooklyn, New York, April 20, 1990," courtesy of AP/Gerald Herbert


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Richmond, VA 23284-2033
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