The panel of Victor L. Laureano is simple, in essence, yet the symbolism on the panel says otherwise. With the flags of two very different cultures as and eye-grabber , the soft velour pitch black background brings forth elegance. I was drawn to the simple gold name surrounded by unique patching. The culture shown by the palm tree on the panel resonates with me – being that I am of Caribbean heritage. In looking at the symbols placed on the panel, I began to wonder about the life of Mr. Laureano. Was he born in Puerto Rico? How might his culture take on his infection with the virus? What is the significance of Marilyn Monroe on the panel?

The research I began to conduct was further driven by theses quandaries, which lead to further questionings. I decided to use what was given to me by the panel in order to further dissect the relationship and reaction between the culture of my subject and his ailment. This research broke the surface and penetrated my understanding of era along with discoveries. The following is a representation of my research, going on to depict the way in which each source connects with the panel. I plan to dig deeper, as my research has just begun.


“Arts and Crafts.” Welcome to Puerto Rico!, Magaly Rivera, Date Accessed: 21 February 2018.

This article is meant to give information on the various aspects of Puerto Rican culture. The composition uses information from multiple travel and culture sources in order to put together a brief summary of the Puerto Rican culture. In order to give a thorough briefing of the arts, the author puts together a piece to encompass all aspects of Puerto Rican heritage. “Puerto Rican culture is somewhat complex – others will call it colorful” (Rivera). Throughout this popular source, the author sorrounds what seems to be all aspects of being Puerto Rican. Someone that may be traveling to Puerto Rico and wants to learn more on the culture might find this information very useful and engaging in terms of adaptation and welcoming. However, a young Puerto Rican-American child might find this source useful in trying to impress their family on how much they know about Puerto Rican culture.

The muse of my panel, Victor L. Laureano, is of Puerto Rican heritage, so this source fits well with my research. In learning more about the culture I can draw connection from the pieces on to panel , to things in the culture. The various symbols on the panel may have a further meaning in relation to Laureano’s culture, which can add to my findings. 


“A Timeline of HIV and AIDS.”, 7 Nov. 2017, Date Accessed: 22 February 2018.

This timeline, composed of various sources, provides documentation on AIDS from its scientific discovery to present day. The evidence offered comes from CDC(Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) stats and other medical breakthroughs to support the timeline. It order to highlight the progression from the genesis of what is known of this disease, the composers have put together a condensed breakdown of the process. Audiences for this entry may include people conducting a presentation of AIDS education and awareness. Furthermore, students in need of secondary research for various topics might fight this specific source quite useful.  

This source allows for me to compare the life span of my subject with the progression of AIDS. In doing so, I am able to draw inferences and connections between what was known of the disease in comparison to time period in which Victor Laureano lived. I find this source to be quite useful in terms of secondary research and further putting other information together.


McNamee, Abigail . Being Puerto Rican and American, Nuyorican Children’s Voices. Strategic Book Publ and Rights, 2009, Date Accessed: 21 February 2018.

Abigail McNamee allows for the voice of Puerto Rican children to be heard as they describe growing up in America. McNamee engages in a detailed documenting of the experiences based on first hand interactions from the children. She aims for a better understanding of being apart of two cultures at once, and how it affects the individual, in this case, the children. Audiences for this entry by McNmaee are those who enjoy cultural reads. Someone conducting research on the lives of bi cultural children may find this useful in terms of maybe proposing a study on the effects of culture on these children.

As Victor Laureano is apart of both American and Puerto Rican heritage, this book gives a better understand of what he may have experienced. However, there is a gap in the fact that these are the experiences of children living in a different era. I find this information a little useful.


Molina, Y. and J. Ramirez-Valles. “HIV/AIDS Stigma: Measurement and Relationships to Psycho-Behavioral Factors in Latino Gay/Bisexual Men and Transgender Women.” AIDS Care, vol. 25, no. 12, Dec. 2013, pp. 1559-1568. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/09540121.2013.793268. Date Accessed: 21 February 2018.

 In this scholarly source, Moslina discusses the manner in which HIV/AIDS is not typically addressed is the Latino community. She accounts the for the stigma that is attached to the disease as well as the negative social and health support among men – whether straight, gay or bisexual. She supports the emphasis on these issues with information from other research sources and people. Moslina attempts to shift attention to what is typically overlooked in certain communities as it relates to this disease – as people normally focus on the health aspect rather than the social aspect. The target audience of this text is people learning more on the social effects of this epidemic. For instance, someone conducting ethnographic research on AIDS in the Hispanic/Latino community would find this information useful. Also, maybe an individual living closely with AIDS in this community would like secondary research and information to clear up preconceptions.   

Being that the subject of my panel is a Latino male, this source can put into perspective what he may have dealt with in his community. The source discusses the social and health reaction to the disease in the Latino community in trans, bisexual, and homosexual men. Regardless of Mr. Laureano’s sexual orientation/identification – I feel that this text can aid my further research.  


Supotnitsky, M.V. “Directory of Open Access Journals.” Aktualʹnaâ Infektologiâ, Publishing House Zaslavsky, 1 Sept. 2014, Date Accessed: 22 February 2018.

M.V. Supotnitsky goes back to the discovery of the HIV/AIDS virus, being that the thirtieth anniversary was recent. Supotnitsky engages in a brief but detailed, scholarly, data-based account of the discovery of the virus and includes support from historical breakthroughs. She aims to encourage a look back on how the introduction of the epidemic was handled among communities. She emphasizes the lack of understanding of the role of the pandemic processes of the virus. The target audience of this post seems to be people with somewhat of a medical background in relation to the HIV/AIDS occurrence as well as others conducting further research of its inception. Students taking part in secondary research my find this particular information useful , as it can lead to other connections and discoveries. Also, people who may be doing research for a general understanding of the discovery of the disease can find use in this source.

This source connects with my panel in the way that the subject of my panel, Victor Laureano – died not long after the discovery of the virus. In this, I can look further into how the epidemic was handled as well as anything that could have perhaps been done differently in the wake of the life of Victor L. Laureano. Outside of my further research on the panel, this information is interesting to me – as I’ve always been intrigued by the discovery of HIV/AIDS.  


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