Exhibit: Voices from Richmond’s Hidden Epidemic

Culture & Identity  •  Grants

Rodney Lofton. August 2018. Photographed by Michael Simon for the Voices from Richmond's Hidden Epidemic project.
Rodney Lofton. August 2018. Photographed by Michael Simon for the Voices from Richmond's Hidden Epidemic project.

The Valentine

1015 East Clay Street Richmond, VA 23219
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Featuring oral histories collected by Laura Browder and Patricia Herrera with accompanying photographic portraits by Michael Simon, Voices from Richmond’s Hidden Epidemic offers a nuanced look at the HIV/AIDS crisis through the stories of survivors, caregivers, activists, and health care workers on the front lines.

Despite years of medical and social progress, misconceptions about HIV/AIDS persist today. The disease is viewed by many as a scourge of the past that is now easily treatable and primarily impacting gay white men. However, the numbers reveal a more complicated story—one in which gay African-American men have a 1 in 2 chance of acquiring HIV/AIDS.

Richmond’s rate of HIV infection, currently ranked 19th nationally, is exacerbated by high concentrations of poverty, lack of sex education in public schools and the continuing opioid epidemic.

This exhibit is made possible in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.

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