Features & News
How a super-creative group of advocates rethought what it means to observe the 40th anniversary of the first published reports of HIV/AIDS.
Over the past 40 years, women living with HIV/AIDS have had to—and continue to—fight against erasure from the historical dominant narrative.
During the first decade of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, epidemiological data collection centered overwhelmingly on cisgender white gay men.
Before Jun 5, 1981—before the infamous CDC report and the article in The New York Times that brought mainstream attention to a new epidemic—there was physician-reporter Larry Mass and the New York Native.
It’s been 40 years since researchers and journalists first wrote about a strange new syndrome—but even prior, it was clear something was brewing.
Remembrances & Personal Stories
Working at Whitman-Walker Clinic in the early 1980s, George Bellinger Jr. was among the first to see posters warning people to be careful and to wear condoms.
For these LGBTQ community members, the late 1970s through early 1980s was a time of first relationships and life in NYC and Seattle, set against a backdrop of uneasiness amid rumors of "weird infections."
In the early 1980s, LGBTQ people grew increasingly worried about 'gay cancer'; but many wrote it off as a government-led conspiracy.
Around the time of the CDC’s first Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, medical students, residents, and clinic volunteers describe an alarming number of leukemia diagnoses.
Amid “talk about this strange disease among gay men,” Black men and women were being left out of the conversation.
In 1981 and 1982, there was a feeling of, “We all were going to get it, as though being queer held a defective gene.”