New York: Community Health Project, 1990. 8 1/8” x 5 1/8”. Flier on thick card printed recto and verso. Fine.
The bright marigold hue of this card attracted attention to its critical message reminding New Yorkers of their rights regarding HIV testing. This came during a time when the lingering stigma associated with AIDS led to discrimination of those who either took the test or tested positive. This Bill of Rights was the first of its kind. It let citizens know they had options when asked to take the test, and that discrimination was not to be tolerated. The project was the result of a collaborative effort by 36 AIDS groups listed on the verso of the flier, along with their corresponding contact information for those who needed their assistance.
This printing coincided with the appointment of Woodrow Myers as the new city's head of the Health Department. Myers, a former Health Commissioner from Indiana, backed certain policies that angered many in the AIDS community. This card, which was set to be distributed before he was named as the new leader, provided some advocates a glimmer of hope that he would remember to uphold and enforce these rights of New Yorkers.
Not located on OCLC. Fine. Item #3348