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14 December 2010

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Liberator Émigré Éire

Am I a big girl for not wanting to watch the "extremely graphic images"?

derrick from Philly

"Am I a big girl for not wanting to watch the 'extremely graphic images'?"

No, you're not. You are human. It takes special folks to deal with human illnesses that are horrible to witness--and probably a majority of them are "big old girls" or women.

Photos of untreated or advanced stage cancer are always horrifying. The photo in this PSA is especially terrifying, and I guess that's the point.

Jim Pickett

Most people with HIV won't get anal cancer. It is exceedingly rare - for neg and pos ppl. And is caused by HPV, not HIV. Most of us have been exposed to HPV, incidentally. So, the ad seems to miss this nuance - yes, we are more at risk for anal cancer if we have HIV - but it is very unlikely to ever happen. And more so now that we have increased screening and treatment capabilities that can stop abnormal anal cells in their path....

Hmmm, how did they forget that piece?

Zambos27

They should not pull the ad. I am over 30, and I have seen how people feel about HIV. 20 something years ago, more people seemed to take it seriously. They either knew somebody that had it or had passed away from it. I remember when Ryan White was the poster child for HIV/AIDS. Times have changed, and people need to realize that HIV is very serious, and not something that "oh, if I get it, I can just take my cocktail and punch it to the club later."

Ealan75

I know a lot of ppl supported the ads, but I think they'll do more harm than good. We need to find another way to get the message of AIDS/HIV prevention out there.

FREELEO

The pharmaceutical companies probably got in GLAAD's ear and encouraged them to speak out against the ad. Some one must have thought it would have some impact on the fight against AIDS.

After all, if people start exercising better judgement and stop contracting preventable diseases, they will loose money and a lot of people will loose their jobs.

Jim

FREELEO, it’s only Tuesday, but you’ve already won this week’s contest for “Most Cynical Comment.”

I’m not quite as cynical as you are, but I am cynical enough to believe that the drug companies would not welcome an actual cure.

Greg G

Judgmental much Freeleo?
Because that rant was truly worthy of the Republican Party or Focus on the Family.

We're 30 years into the HIV/AIDS crisis. And given the sky high HIV rates among black people, especially black gay men, none of us have any right to point fingers.

The ad is misleading and the anal cancer porn doesn't save lives. Especially in the black community and among black gay men. If it did, we would have had radically less infections in the 80s and 90s when we saw images like that and the entire country sounded like Freelelo,. Instead, white gay men began using more condoms... and black gay men and black straight men even less so.

The ad doesn't even mention or show condoms. And some poor and ignorant folks already think gay men "get cancer in the booty" just from being gay or having anal sex.

Carl

I love this AD campaign. HIV/AIDS Activist, Community Groups, Gay Advocacy Groups, the porn industry, Government Groups, medical groups have all played Political Correctness for far too long on this subject. The numbers of new HIV/AIDS cases aren't dropping they are INCREASING. Handing out pieces of paper and a quick 10 sec commercial with a celebrity is dead.

There isn't anything in the Ad that isn't true. You might not like the tone of the Ad but the message is what it is. Most people still think that as long as you take a "single" pill and a shot you are OK. When people die of AIDS they don't even mention that it was AIDS. There is a whole young generation that don't even connect to HIV/AIDS due to this WHITEWASHING. Not to mention that the past HIV/AIDS Campaigns over the past 15 years fall short to getting peoples' attention.

Get over yourself and take responsibility especially with the renewed trend of Barebacking and drugs as if their is a cure for AIDS. To pull this Ad campaign is irresponsible. What we need are more and broader reaching campaigns. Ones that shock and those (like the ones complaining) that appeal to the faint at heart.

FREELEO

Excellent points Carl. I totally agree.

Rowan

Oh geee G, how do you think pharmacitucals make there money? Go on? How does a business work? How do shareholder get there return?

Think about it. These companies are not non profits but ltd companies so therefore, they only have one bottom line profit to keep theree shareholders...lined! If people stopped being I'll and more careful......how will they make money?

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