December 15th, 2011

The commercialism of AIDS

By Cyd Nova
Bay Area Reporter

We are in a unique time now, where it’s finally become concrete: AIDS is officially big business. It became this way through a long process, spanning the past 30 years. During this time the pharmaceutical companies have always been doing what they do best; squeezing out every last dollar possible, always two steps away from being liable to an extortion charge. The high cost of medications drives everything around big pharma, reinforcing a structure that focuses on the ability to accumulate large sums of money. We see this in AIDS culture and discourse: H and M fashion for AIDS clothing line, giant billboards with fear-based messaging, and multi-million dollar organizations whose direct services are derailed through the bureaucracy of chasing funding dollars.

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