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Students of the Adult Migrant English Program Youth Group at TAFE
Illawarra have been involved in a photographic exhibition to mark
World AIDS Day 2016.
The students, who represent a diverse group of cultural backgrounds
and experiences, worked closely with local artist Nina Kourea
(pictured below right) to create a photographic exhibition that
explores different interpretations and responses to HIV/AIDS,
culturally, socially and historically.
The objective of the exhibition was to empower young multicultural
people with knowledge of HIV/AIDS. This was so that they could make
more informed decisions around their own sexual health, as well as
helping to destigmatize the disease.
"This year I encouraged the students to explore street
art," Ms Kourea told the Illawarra Mercury.
It's been 35 years since the very first reported cases of the virus.
Initially it was known as GRID (Gay Related Immune Deficiency), before
the more appropriate and accurate AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency
Syndrome). It's estimated by UNAIDS that more than 78 million people
have become infected with HIV since the epidemic began in 1981, with
an estimated 35 million deaths.The photographic exhibition will be on
public display at Wollongong Youth Services, 85 Burelli Street,
Wollongong until 14 December.