Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Collection of the Month

The Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health collection includes a wealth of visual and textual material concerning the first 20 years of AIDS prevention and awareness in Europe. The collection's 700 posters and ephemera, as well as evaluation and campaign material, serve as a valuable resource for those studying the early impact of HIV/AIDS and global pandemics as well as public health propaganda.

The posters concern issues such as safe sex and the harmful effects of using needles. They originate from countries across Europe including Norway, Greece, the former Soviet Union and Germany and use strong imagery including condoms and syringes to illustrate how HIV is transmitted. Ephemera includes badges, bags, leaflets and tapes and videos from various countries concerning AIDS and sexual health campaigns. Evaluation and campaign material relates to work carried out in 1980s and 1990s concerning AIDS and notably includes pamphlets and leaflets from campaigns carried out across Europe, AIDS Strategic Monitor publications and surveys and research collated by various market research companies. The collection can be searched through the Archives catalogue at http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/library/archives/ and is accessible to all

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