About the Website Since the early 1980s, AIDS has ravaged the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Nearly 30 million people have died. But over the past few years, aquiet global revolution has enabled millions of people infected by HIV to live healthy lives. In the early 1990s, when antiretroviral drugs became available, AIDS was […]

Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City had always seemed exempt from the anxieties of modern American life. But on August 11, 1985, the local hospital treated its first AIDS patient, and, before long, a crisis that had once seemed an “urban problem” had arrived in the town to […]

About the Audio Documentary Thembi was 19 when Producer Joe Richman first met her in 2004 in South Africa. From 2004 to 2005, she recorded her daily life, altogether capturing over 55 hours of content. Joe Richman worked with her to edit this down to 22 minutes. This piece was broadcast on National Public Radio […]

The Book The Body at Risk: Photography of Disorder, Illness, and Healing is the first book to explore the ways that photojournalists and social documentarians have conceptualized the human subject as a site of both good and ill health. The volume looks at photographs depicting child laborers; Depression-era health programs; general medical care in the […]

The Book, Exhibit and Follow-up Video For four years, HIV-positive poet, River Huston, and photographer Mary Berridge traveled across the United States gathering the stories of women HIV-positive. The book, first published in 1997, sought to address the stereotypes and stigma associated with being HIV positive. Even though women were the fastest-growing segment of the […]

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