In 1988, Gran Fury – an activist artist arm of ACT UP created the infamous SILENCE = DEATH graphic. Soon the design would be wheat pasted across New York City as a deadly virus killed people in the hundred’s of thousands. Before the age of social media, the Pink triangle would be worn on badges, tee-shirts and painted on big banners as the symbol and motto of the generation that fought back against AIDS and Government inaction.
SILENCE = DEATH – was a succinct and powerful message for it’s time. As medical research progress into HIV and AIDS drugs (thanks to relentless pressure of ACT UP) People living with HIV with access to antiretroviral drugs began to control HIV.
In the past number of number of years advancement in science – drugs like PrEP can now stop people to acquiring HIV with, and PEP can prevent HIV taking hold if taken with 72 hours of exposure to HIV. In addition, A person with HIV who is on effective treatment and virally suppressed will not transmit HIV to a sexual partner.
SILENCE still equals DEATH for 15 million people worldwide with no access to lifesaving medicine . However, SCIENCE = HEALTH if Big Pharma reduces the cost of these drugs and make them available by Governments, NGO’s for distribution.