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AIDS posters on display at Atrium Gallery, Dec. 4-22 (Released: 11/21/95)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Abstinence, fidelity and condom use are the focus of 60 posters on display at the University of Connecticut's Atrium Gallery Dec. 4 - 22. Selected from thousands of posters from 30 countries and 46 states, the works in Sex, Art and AIDS illustrate the worldwide education effort to prevent AIDS.

A panel of experts will discuss issues and services related to the AIDS epidemic Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. in the main lobby of the Fine Arts Building. Panelists are Dr. Robert Harrington, Division of Infectious Diseases, UConn Health Center; Janice Spurlock McLendon, Connecticut State Department of Health - AIDS Division; Belinda Clark, The Windham AIDS Project case manager and coordinator, and three clients from the Windham AIDS Project.

"The present epidemic of AIDS, though fundamentally similar to epidemics that have preceded it, is of special interest both for the rapidity with which knowledge of the disease has been developed, and the crucial importance of changing behavior at the individual level," says Dr. Edward C. Atwater, who is one of the main lenders of the posters. Retired medical doctor who lives in Rochester, N.Y., who has collected 10,000 AIDS posters.

The posters range from advocating abstinence or fidelity to the most intimate descriptions of safer sex and drug use practices, Atwater says. They reveal much about the attitudes of different societies toward sexual activities, he notes.

"Viewers should be forewarned that some of the posters are explicit with regard to condoms, sexual practices and drug use. They should appreciate, however, that these posters represent primarily mainstream efforts of many states' and countries' societies to bring sex education and the condom out of the closet," Atwater says.

The Atrium Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building, is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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