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Youth, Photovoice & HIV/AIDS. GAAP Team: June Larkin (Principal Investigator) Claudia Mitchell (Co-investigator) Michelle Dagnino Sarah Flicker Ruth Koleszar-Green Susan Mintz Jean Paul Restoule Shannon Walsh

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youth photovoice hiv aids

Youth, Photovoice & HIV/AIDS

GAAP Team:June Larkin (Principal Investigator)Claudia Mitchell (Co-investigator)Michelle DagninoSarah FlickerRuth Koleszar-GreenSusan MintzJean Paul Restoule

Shannon Walsh

The Institute for Women\'s Studies and Gender Studies, University of Toronto

Young people between fifteen to twenty-four year olds account for over half of all new HIV infections (UNAIDS, 2004).
  • South Africa has the largest number of people living with HIV (5.3 million) and an overall prevalence rate of 21.5% (UNAIDS, 2004).
Canada has a prevalence rate of about 0.3%.
  • However, a recent surge in youth STI rates is a sign of the potential for the spread of AIDS in Canadian youth (Health Canada, 2003).
Photovoice as a method puts cameras into the hands of people in order to address issues from their visual point-of-view.

Photography offers participants new ways to see their own world and offers researchers new insights and perspectives

Photovoice is a well-established approach to ‘accessing’ the voices of groups who are often marginalized.

Photovoice can be situated within a ‘research for social change’ framework.

…if I lived in South Africa…I would most likely be poor and I would most likely not have an education. So I\'d be ignorant to the risk…of contracting AIDS if I have sex. So I won\'t have a problem in having sex, and that\'s something that I won\'t think about…

…it\'s totally different there than it is here when you have people that live in huts and don\'t have radios and listen to the latest science report.

…every time you see an African person…on TV …it\'s always…about how they have AIDS and stuff like that and we need to support them. So…they seem to be saying that all Africans have AIDS...
let me be
Let me be

African women are amongst the most affected in the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Unfortunately their resilience and resourcefulness is not appreciated enough. This picture tries to demonstrate the anger that we feel.

questions and considerations

1) What ethical issues have to be considered in using photographs in which participants are clearly identifiable?

2) What tools of analysis can be developed for engaging in close readings of visual analysis?

3) How do we assess the effectiveness of arts-based education initiatives?