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  • 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
  • AIDS activists fought for public recognition. This exhibit shows their lives at home

    After a long day of marching, what do protesters do when they go home? In the imagination of painter Hugh Steers, they return to the tender care of lovers. Or they may return to a routine of medications. Historian Stephen Vider reveals these and other intimate narratives in the lives of individuals affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. His curation of “AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism” opened on May 23 at the Museum of the City of New York.

    10 July 2017 | PBS Newshour
  • Margaret Thatcher vetoed TV broadcast battling spread of HIV and branded Health Secretary who suggested it the "Minister for AIDS"

    New TV documentary reveals how Lord Norman Fowler had to fight Tory PM in 1980s because she feared safe sex ads would actually make people DITCH using condoms.

    10 July 2017 | Mirror
  • This Was the First Major News Article on HIV/AIDS

    Thirty-six years ago, the words “HIV” and “AIDS” weren’t yet invented. But what would later be known as the HIV virus was already at work in the bodies of men in New York and California, perplexing doctors who had no idea why their patients were dying. Then, in July 1981, the United States was given its first look at the mysterious illness with the first major news story to cover the emerging disease. Decades later, it’s a fascinating glimpse into the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

    04 July 2017 | Smithsonian
  • ‘Fathers’ Explores a World Where AIDS Never Killed Our Queer Forbearers (Video)

    Gay Mexican director Leo Herrera is directing Fathers (aka. The Fathers Project), a sci-fi documentary that explores how society might be different if the AIDS epidemic had never happened. The film mixes real life and fantasy with a cast and crew including historians, artists and performers who imagine the cultural and political influence that we could have had had our “fathers” (the queer men who proceeded us) had not become part of a lost generation.

    21 June 2017 | Unicorn Booty
  • How Six NYC Activists Changed History With “Silence = Death”

    The collective that created the Silence = Death poster is back after thirty years to recall its origins and launch new art.

    21 June 2017 | Village Voice
  • More than a name change: AIDS.gov becomes HIV.gov

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today officially changed the name of AIDS.gov, the federal government’s leading source for information about HIV, to HIV.gov. The name change reflects major scientific advances that have transformed an almost universally fatal disease to a condition that, if diagnosed and treated early and continuously, can be controlled and prevented from progressing to AIDS.

    09 June 2017 | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • 120 Beats per Minute review – passionate and defiant account of 80s Aids activism

    Cannes Film Festival: Robin Campillo commemorates the legacy of direct-action group ACT UP with a movie that is tragic, urgent and full of cinematic life.

    24 May 2017 | The Guardian
  • Twilight of a Difficult Man: Larry Kramer and the Birth of AIDS Activism

    Larry Kramer — writer, advocate, “loudmouth” — helped define AIDS activism and gay life. He ruffled some feathers along the way.

    22 May 2017 | New York Times
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