I showed that aids one to a young person about ten years ago and she didn’t really understand why they were making it sound so serious and felt aids/hiv was no big deal anymore.
My initial reaction to this was massive but had to go away and think about it a lot.
Understand a wee bit more now that it is not a death sentence and by ramping up the seriousness we are making people that are affected by it to feel like outcasts/the great unwashed but clearly those adverts and a whole load of tv/film/newspaper storylines (driven of course by a whole range of prejudices ) had done a number on my psyche in terms of how I perceive the disease - but sorting out my ignorance has helped.
It was a real moment of generational shift where I had to examine my perceptions and how they had been shaped. Newspaper coverage of the condition in the 80s and early 90s was fucking appalling.
Glad that medical science has made so much progress with it. Hopefully one day it will be viewed just like any other treatable condition by every generation.