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SYPHILIS TSUNAMI Billboards to “Put Pressure on Pfizer?” Here’s the Story Behind this Great Wave Campaign

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Here’s the billboard, as seen when I was Down South en Los Angeles:

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And here’s the story behind it:

AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s “Syphilis Tsunami” outdoor advertising campaign references the world-renowned landscape print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai to draw attention to dramatically rising rates of syphilis across the country. In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted an estimated 33% increase of infectious syphilis cases from 2014-2016. The national response needed to this growing public health crisis is made even more urgent by the fact that Pfizer, the manufacturer of Bicillin L-A, the preferred medication used to treat syphilis, has refused to meet the medical demand through constant drug shortages and multiple stockouts of the treatment over the past year, as widely reported by news organizations and health agencies.As a follow up to AHF’s groundbreaking “Syphilis Explosion” outdoor advertising campaign, the “Syphilis Tsunami” billboards will first appear in Los Angeles and will be complemented by a digital media campaign to draw attention to the national syphilis epidemic and to put pressure on Pfizer to supply Bicillin L-A in quantities that meets the growing demand for treatment.

OK then. It’s to pressure Pfizer into Doing More.

I’ll tell you, the billboard I saw near Beverley really stood out. You can”t miss it.

Compare with others:

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See? Generally not as arresting as this:

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(And the moral of the story is that if you are an artist and you don’t want people to do this to your stuff, then you should never die. That way, the 100-year waiting period (that I suppose is what applies in this case) won’t start and your art will never enter, how shall we say, the pubic domain.)

All right, DON’T Catch The Wave…

Oh, play us out, Katsu-kun:

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Swine Flu: SFO Would Like to Draw Your Attention to this Traveler’s Alert Health Notice

Monday, April 27th, 2009

San Francisco International Airport would like to hep you to what’s new about Swine Flu – specifically this notice from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


TRAVELER’S HEALTH ALERT NOTICE

Risk of Swine Flu Associated with Travel to Affected Areas

Public health officials within the United States and throughout the world are investigating outbreaks of
swine influenza (swine flu).

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by a type A influenza virus that regularly causes
outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, human
infections with swine flu do occur. Public health officials have determined that this strain of swine flu virus
spreads from human to human and can cause illness.

The outbreak is ongoing and additional cases are expected. For more information concerning swine flu
infection, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/. For specific information on travel precautions and an update on the
affected areas, please visit: www.cdc.gov/travel.

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may
include:
• Fever (greater than 100°F or 37.8°C)
• Sore throat
• Cough
• Stuffy nose
• Chills
• Headache and body aches
• Fatigue

Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Severe illness (pneumonia
and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal
flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

People entering the United States who are experiencing symptoms consistent with swine flu and have
traveled to an affected area (see http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm for affected areas), or
have been exposed to someone possibly infected with swine flu, during the last 7 days should report their
illnesses to their health care provider immediately and inform them of their recent travel.

People traveling from the United States to affected areas should be aware of the risk of illness with swine
flu and take precautions.
To prevent the spread of swine flu:
• Avoid contact with ill persons.
• When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (if you do
not have a tissue). Throw used tissues in a trash can.
• After you cough or sneeze, wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based
hand gel.
• If you think you are ill with flu, avoid close contact with others as much as possible. Stay at
home or in your hotel room. Seek medical care if you are severely ill (such as having
trouble breathing). There are antiviral medications for prevention and treatment of swine
flu that a doctor can prescribe. Do not go to work, school, or travel while ill.

Swine Flu Travel Health Alert Notice
04-09
Safer • Healthier • People ™
For more information:
• Contact your local or state health department
• Visit http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
• Contact CDC 24 Hours/Every Day
o 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
o TTY: (888) 232-6348
o cdcinfo@cdc.gov

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
(As of April 27, 2009 1:00 PM ET)
State # of laboratory
confirmed cases
California 7 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York City 28 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 2 cases
TOTAL COUNT 40 cases
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See: World Health OrganizationExternal Web Site Policy.