introduction for primary source analysis

The AIDS Quilt has a panel which depicts an important Doonesbury character, Andy Lippincott. Lippincott was one of the first representatives in popular culture of a character living with this disease. Later representations include The O+ Men, and general health education comics. Through research comparing the effectiveness of standard information booklets and health education comics, many heath providers agree that comics play an important role connecting with patients, providing a sense of closure and acceptance for their condition, and can help with important decision making regarding next the next steps to take for certain conditions. Lippincott’s memorization in the AIDS Quilt proves that his appearance in the comic strip Doonesbury had a positive impact on the general public. While Lippinocott was a white homosexual man, his presence connected to a universal audience. According to the Center of Disease Control, women and minorities where strongly affected by the AIDS crisis yet were underrepresented with education outreach efforts. While many subgroups did not have a voice during the peak of this epidemic, fictional characters and their creators took upon themselves the role of representing these marginalized communities and attempted to lift them out of the stereotypes regarding the disease that they struggle with.


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