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History of HIV/AIDS

Mary Bowman performing at the opening of the 20th Anniversary Community Summit

The History of HIV/AIDS in One Astonishing Poem

Mary Bowman's words manage to capture the entire history of the epidemic -- and they paint gorgeous verbal pictures along the way.

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Features

Five Books on HIV in the Black Community Everyone Should Have

These are not the only books, but they’re a great place to start.

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Interviews

‘5B’ May Be the Most Visceral and Moving 1980s AIDS Documentary Ever Made

We interview director Dan Krauss about his new film, which documents the early years of AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital.

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HIV/AIDS: What You Need to Know

Whether you seek info on basic definitions, origins, symptoms, risk factors, prevention, testing, daily life, or the search for a cure, we've got you covered with the most important facts to understand about today's HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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News Analysis

Is Marianne Williamson's Record on AIDS as Great as She Claims?

As the 2020 presidential hopeful touts her HIV activist record, doubts remain as to whether her version of events is the full truth.

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Interviews

Longtime HIV Survivor Reminisces About the Atlanta Buyers Club

Christopher Harris recently shared his compelling story with StoryCorps. He gave us a taste of the uncut version.

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Interviews

New Documentary Examines Ballet Legend Rudolf Nureyev, Who Died of AIDS in 1993

'Nureyev,' directed by David Morris and Jacqui Morris, may introduce the late superstar to a new generation.

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News

New York Philharmonic Plays Symphonic Response to the AIDS Crisis

Composer John Corigliano's work is featured in the orchestra's Music of Conscience series, and accompanied by a display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

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Viewpoints

A New Book Honors the Straight Women Who Fought Alongside Queers Against AIDS

Fag Hags, Divas and Moms runs the gamut from women living with HIV/AIDS to celebrity she-roes like Liz Taylor and Princess Di.

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Viewpoints

Archive Remembers Heroes and History of Black HIV/AIDS Activism

Through his historical research, Dan Royles has found a vibrant legacy of black AIDS activism going back to the beginning of the epidemic.

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Personal Stories

A Play in NYC Wittily Explores the Emotional Toll on HIV Plague-Era Survivors

'Still at Risk' is about long-term survivors, but it's for younger gay men too.