This mural was one of the 9 murals painted on public walls after each of the Youth Community Dialogues on HIV/AIDS held in every province of South Africa in 2007 and funded by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The murals broadcasted the solutions and commitments agreed upon in each dialogue session.
Here, a young artist is in the process of painting one of the murals.
"...a dozen young graffiti artists are composing a large wall painting along with slogans like 'health is priceless' or 'fight AIDS'. The young artists use slogans and images to incite curiosity. 'We’ve used images in order to reach out to the illiterate people as well', says Big Key, one of the graffiti artists and a member of the group known as 'Misérables Tag'. The image sometimes depicts 'a person thinking about how to cure his child from sickle-cell disease', he explains."
Think of this like a snapshot — a few perspectives of HIV-negative 20-somethings.
To start, we posted the following query on NPR's Facebook page:
"Thirty years ago, a positive HIV status was considered a death sentence. As treatments for the disease have advanced over the past three decades, we're wondering how younger people view the disease today."