2020 Online Salon
Visualizing HOPE: Encouraging HIV-Positive Organ Transplantation
- Entrant Name: Morgan Summerlin
- Membership Type: Student Submission
- Address: Six Mile, South Carolina USA
- Client: Thesis Advisor: David Rini, MFA, CMI, FAMI; Preceptors: Dorry Segev, MD, PhD, and Christine Durand, MD; Content Advisor: Brianna Doby, BA
- Copyright: 2020 Morgan Summerlin
- Medium/software used: Adobe After Effects
- Final presentation format: Animated video
- Primary Audience: People living with HIV
People with HIV in need of organ transplants face a greater risk of dying while waiting for an organ compared to HIV- candidates. The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act of 2013 allows for potentially hundreds of transplants annually through novel HIV-to-HIV organ transplantation. This video aims to spread awareness of the HOPE Act to encourage individuals to participate in this life-saving transplantation.
This patient education animation employs visual metaphors, calming color palettes, and gentle music and narration when discussing sensitive topics and complex science. Patients were referred to with person-first language, and a system of icons was developed to inclusively represent individuals with or without HIV, regardless of gender, ethnicity, orientation, etc. Created in collaboration with the Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation, this short animation will be shared online and in conferences to further increase awareness and save lives.