A commercial featuring Adolf Hitler having unprotected sex is set to be released on Dec. 1, or World AIDS Day, London’s Daily Telegraph reported.
The commercial uses the image of the notorious dictator to portray AIDS as a mass murderer, thus scaring people into using condoms. However, many HIV and AIDS charities have gone on the record saying they don’t agree with the commercial.
“Of course there are many HIV organizations that run their own campaigns, however, I would think that (advertisement) is incredibly stigmatizing to people living with HIV who already face much stigma and discrimination due to ignorance about the virus,” said a spokeswoman for the National AIDS Trust, which coordinates World AIDS Day in Britain.
“On top of this, it fails to provide any kind of actual prevention message. For example, use a condom), and may deter people to come forward for testing.”
The commercial was produced by das Comitee, a German advertising agency on behalf of a German AIDS Awareness group. The agency could not be reached for comment, but defended itself on the "AIDS Is a Mass Murder" Web site.