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Georgia: The Early Days of AID Atlanta

June 6, 2012

As AID Atlanta celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, some of its founding members are recalling its early days as a grassroots awareness organization.

One summer day in 1982, a group of friends that normally met for cocktails or card games discussed the informal reports they were hearing from New York and San Francisco about gays dying of a mysterious disease. "I'll never forget that day because it was the day that everything changed,' said Peter Aliberti.

"The initial conversation was kind of disbelief: 'There's no such thing as gay cancer, it's not possible,'" Aliberti said. "It was pretty much decided that afternoon that we needed to do something."

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