We create arts-based public health interventions guided by principles of human rights and social justice.
Operating in eight countries on five continents, UCLA Art & Global Health Center projects begin with local artists and artisans communicating about HIV/AIDS and other public health issues in accessible and entertaining ways.
AMP! (Arts-based, Multiple-component, Peer-education) and Sex Squads are dedicated to educating at-risk youth about sexual health, healthy relationships, and self-efficacy.
A participatory photographic advocacy project that harnesses the power of people living with HIV and AIDS around the world to dismantle stigma.
When faced with another boring, abstinence-only sex-ed class the students decide to take matters into their own hands by summoning the Sex Squad.
In this quick and informative introductory lesson, we outline the basic steps to putting on and using a condom in highly memorable Sex Squad fashion.
Riffing on the famous “Most Interesting Man in the World” ad campaign, the Sex Squad explores what the “Most Protected Man in the World” would look like and what he would sell in a nationally televised commercial.
At the sight of her friend being taken advantage of at a party, Claudia struggles to find a way to confront the situation as a bystander.
Isaiah takes us through a day in the life of someone split in two: the person on the outside conforming to society’s expectations, and the person on the inside who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, an...
Brooks tells the story of a situation that compromised his commitment to waiting for the right moment to have sex.
In an outrageous parody of Sesame Street, hand puppets Billy and Sally teach us about the benefits of honest and open communication in a romantic relationship.
Jessica shares a spoken word piece about her experience as a pregnant Latina student and how she and other women deal with the hand life has dealt them.
Dylan and Karni explore the benefits of self-love and how it can lead them to happier and healthier decisions.
Samad performs a choreo-poem narrating his trials and tribulations as a man of color questioning his sexuality and emphasizes the importance of self-reflection for sorting confusion and self-doubt.
In a parody of the telenovela genre, the Sex Squad tackles stigma against STI/STD testing clinics in a hilarious, slapstick short that includes bilingual dialogue.
San Fernando High School debuts their brand new Sex Squad and explains their reasoning behind taking up the mantle and choosing arts-activism.
In this spoken word piece, Kamil explores how the pressures and expectations of other people can affect our most personal decisions. We witness the thoughts and anxieties running through her head before consenting to have sex.
Arielle enters a game show where she must identify and select an eligible non-barrier contraceptive method that is right for her.
Sex Squad addresses the violent and one-sided language often used to describe sex. They call for a change in the way we speak and understand sex.
Drew shares how, through Capoeira, he can thrive, survive, and discover who he is despite the hyper-sexualization, objectification and exoticism he faces as a man of color.
Matt opens up about pressures and oppression he has experienced by not fitting into society’s strict mold of masculinity. He finds his own creative solution to challenge the male female gender binary.
Claire bravely shares her experience as a Chinese adoptee of gay parents and the kinds of reactions she receives when telling her story. She challenges stereotypes and assumptions, while also reflecting on the ways homophobia impacts her.
The Consent Fairy casts her spell, forecasting how to give and obtain clear consent. YES means yes, and NO means no.
In this “Royals” and “Lean on Me” mash up, the Sex Squad shares the importance of using a condom and having safe sex.
Zakk shares his experience dating someone with HIV and his ensuing emotions and questions. He reflects how through love, he released himself from the fear and stigma surrounding HIV.
As anxious young people are waiting to be tested for HIV and STI’s at the clinic, a spontaneous dance party erupts.
I am an electrician and I have been living with HIV for the past 15 years. That afternoon when I got the news, I was in shock. I left the doctor’s office and wandered aimlessly along the streets, al...
My name is Maria Aparecida Lemos; I prefer to be called Cida Lemos. I am 54 years old, I live in Rio, and I am a person living with AIDS. I have been infected since 2000. I never thought that ...
In the late 1990s I wanted to purchase a house and was told that I needed to have an insurance policy. When I went to purchase that policy they said, “You need to test for AIDS.” I had the ...
Back in 2008, when I was 16, I was having stomach problems. I went to the hospital and the doctor said I had a cyst on my ovary and he was going to remove it. When he did the surgery, ...
My name is D’Angelo. I’m 22 years old. I’m from Atlanta, Georgia, moved to D.C. in 2007, and I currently reside in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, with my best friend. Me and my mother used to be very c...
I got married when I was sixteen. When I was pregnant with my first child, I was tested for HIV and found out I was positive. My husband already knew, because after his previous marriage, he started drinking ...
My real name is Thanakorn Poungploy but my nickname is Bee. I am 32 years old, from Rachaburi in western Thailand. Some people accept my being a lady boy. I have felt like this since I was a child. ...
My name is Maureen. I come from Zimbabwe. But now I live in London and I’m British. I used to take myself as the perfect one, but when I came to the UK, I started losing weight. I ...
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