December 1, 2019
A living memory of the diverse struggle against the epidemic
The European HIV/AIDS Archive (EHAA) is an online collection of stories and materials of the past, present and imagined futures of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe. Comprising oral history interviews from countries including Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Russia and the UK, the archive allows us to delve into the complex history of the European HIV epidemic. The online EHAA recently launched, marking the end of the international research project Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health (EUROPACH). By the end of the year the archive will contain more than 100 interviews with more to come.
Serving as a living chronicle of the HIV epidemic in Europe, the EHAA shows the plurality of ways in which HIV/AIDS has been experienced, lived through, acted upon and challenged. The collection includes the personal accounts of people living with HIV/AIDS, representatives of communities impacted by the virus, advocates and activists, politicians and policy-makers, health care workers, employees of aid organisations, and artists. The archive demonstrates how AIDS activism has been built upon and led to unique forms of solidarity, empowerment, political intervention and organisations among people and groups with unequal access to rights and recognition. Learning from the past, is a task not often taken seriously enough, and in some quarters may be argued to have been actively resisted. as self-evident as it may feel, is something to which peoples have proven resistant - perhaps increasingly so in recent years. This archive provides a valuable resource for appreciating and learning from a diversity of persons and groups who have been at the epicenter of the epidemic.
While international and national health governing bodies call for the “end of AIDS” by 2030, the World Health Organisation found the European region to have the second highest rate of new HIV infections in the world. With infection rates varying significantly across Europe and most affected populations, such disparities urge us to call into question the dominant narrative of a successful fight against the epidemic. Instead, they make us acknowledge an increasingly divided political landscape and a multiplicity of civil society responses to HIV/AIDS by sex workers, migrants, people who use drugs, prisoners and many more.
Further information and contact
The archive is hosted by Humboldt-University zu Berlin and accessible online:
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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