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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Chronicle: In the Fight Against AIDS, a New Symbol
Brozan, Nadine
January 10, 1997
New York Times (01/10/97) P. B5

Pop artist Kenny Scharf has designed a new symbol for the fight against AIDS, the "AIDS Monster." Feeling that the red AIDS ribbon is too weak a symbol, Scharf created a creature made up of red spike-like formations, to represent the HIV cell. The "monster" will be presented Tuesday in a preview of an auction to benefit New York's Bailey House, which provides housing for AIDS patients. "This is an actual visualization of the virus," Scharf said, "I gave it an evil face. It is important to confront the monster and say, 'We can look at you every day and still go on and kill you.'"