Beaded Brooch with AIDS Red Ribbon

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Description (Brief)
A handmade AIDS red ribbon pin from South Africa.
Since the first reports thirty years ago, the illness has become chronic and manageable as effective multi-drug treatments have reduced mortality. The AIDS crisis spurred new knowledge of retroviruses and the human immune system, the development of new laboratory techniques, and faster drug approval.
In addition, HIV and AIDS shifted sexual practices and the role of sex in identity. LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) became more accepted in society. Awareness of sexually transmitted infections made “safe sex” a familiar term and an expected behavior. AIDS drew attention to the interplay of poverty, race, and addiction with disease. The art and media created around the loss and tragedy profoundly influenced cultural practices and aesthetics.
Currently not on view
place made
South Africa
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
thread (overall material)
overall: 1/8 in x 2 1/4 in x 2 3/8 in; .3175 cm x 5.715 cm x 6.0325 cm
overall: 2 5/16 in x 2 3/16 in x 1/8 in; 5.87375 cm x 5.55625 cm x .3175 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Caroline J. Acker
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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