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  • AIDS—learning from history (and human beings)

    After 400 pages of exhaustive (and occasionally exhausting) remembering, Michael Merson and Stephen Inrig conclude their “useful history” (The AIDS Pandemic: Searching for a Global Response, 2017) with seven lessons.

    20 October 2017 | The Lancet
  • Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

    "The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

    09 October 2017 | MSMGF
  • Two Exhibitions Illuminate Queer NYC Subculture During the AIDS Epidemic

    “Continuum” is a term used by two curators who’ve recently organized exhibitions of art created amidst and in response to the AIDS epidemic in New York City. Both exhibitions provide a peek into the artistic scenes, subcultures, and venues that cultivated community in NYC during this time.

    27 September 2017 | Bedford and Bowery
  • Moments of Stillness

    An interview with photographer Stephen Barker, whose portraits show early AIDS activists, minus all the anger.

    25 September 2017 | Poz
  • Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 'opposed HIV screening for Indigenous Australians'

    Former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen reportedly tried to stop Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders from being screened for HIV because he believed the virus was a punishment from God.

    18 September 2017 | SBS
  • Capturing the Wild Sadness of the AIDS Crisis at Its Height

    It was not until decades later — after drug advances and cultural changes had dulled the sharp edge of the AIDS crisis, after the disease and those who fought it became something that many people saw as history — that the photographer Stephen Barker realized that he had been creating a photo project about AIDS and the people he met at ACT UP, the AIDS advocacy group.

    13 September 2017 | Time
  • How we made the Don't Die of Ignorance Aids campaign

    "With the TV advert we knew we had about 40 seconds to get people’s attention. That’s not enough time to explain anything complex – we just needed viewers to make sure they read the leaflets that would be arriving through their door. Scaring people was deliberate."

    05 September 2017 | The Guardian
  • HIV cases fall by 40% for second year at top clinic

    London's largest sexual health clinic is set to record a huge drop in new HIV cases for a second successive year. 56 Dean Street has now set itself a target of zero new infections after witnessing a two-thirds fall in the number of new diagnoses since 2015.

    30 August 2017 | Evening Standard
  • Contaminated blood scandal: Theresa May orders inquiry

    Inquiry to look into deaths of 2,400 people after thousands were infected with hepatitis C and HIV in 1970s and 80s.

    11 July 2017 | The Guardian
  • Lord Fowler: I shook hands before Princess Diana with someone who had Aids

    “What I didn’t want, above all, was for people in 30 years time to say, ‘You didn’t do enough’. That, in my book, would have been the worst criticism of all.”

    10 July 2017 | Daily Telegraph
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