Playwright Tony Kushner’s now-iconic masterwork Angels in America, set during the mid-’80s AIDS epidemic, premiered 25 years ago this summer as a relatively modest, grant-endowed production at San Francisco’s tiny Eureka Theatre. Within a couple of years, the two-part, seven-hour play had relocated to Broadway and grown into a popular and critical behemoth, winning seven Tonys and the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and invigorating both American theater and the national discussion about AIDS.
13 July 2016 | Poz
Cuomo, in a press conference in Buffalo, said, "We’re losing as many people to heroin and opioid overdoses as we lost to the AIDS epidemic at its peak." About 28,000 people died from a heroin or opioid overdose in 2014. About 43,000 people died from AIDS in 1995. Cuomo’s comparison is a reach.
11 July 2016 | Politifact
Six years into the AIDS epidemic, the Reagan administrations response to a death toll approaching the 20,000 mark was still abysmal.
30 June 2016 | Box Turtle Bulletin
Celebrating 20 years of effective HIV treatment - how antiretrovirals have improved since 1996 and the developments we still need.
28 June 2016 | Poz
Scientists have mapped the spread of the HIV virus around the globe after it reached the United States in the early 1970s. Their study finds that HIV travelled from the US to Western Europe on a number of occasions, whereas Central and Eastern Europe remained isolated for the most part of the early epidemic. The study describes the global spread of HIV-1 subtype B, but not of other subtypes.
15 June 2016 | University of Oxford press release
Sunday, June 5th marks the 35th anniversary of the first report of what would come to be known as AIDS. The past 3 decades have included remarkable progress in the field -- including highly effective antiretroviral therapy and a pill that can prevent HIV infection -- but much remains to be done to make these advances available to all who need them.
06 June 2016 | HIVandhepatitis.com
The year was 1986. It was a hot, humid day in June when Dr Suniti Solomon first discovered that the deadly HIV/AIDS virus had made its way to India.
06 June 2016 | Hindustan Times
Desert Migration documents the results of a specific pilgrimage that became popular among gay men who were dying of AIDS decades ago: relocating to Palm Springs from major cities in the west, Los Angeles in particular. Once there, their fates and often their fortunes were reversed with the arrival of new medications in the mid 1990s. They experienced the emotional whiplash of renewed health in a world they had settled on leaving, as well as the unexpected financial burden of an extended lifespan.
16 May 2016 | Queerty
Tobacco firms used the fight against HIV/AIDS as a smokescreen to hinder tobacco control efforts in developing countries, researchers have revealed. Big tobacco companies lobbied for funding and initiatives to combat AIDS to distract from the health problems caused by smoking and prevent regulations restricting tobacco use, a paper says.
09 May 2016 | SciDevNet
Researchers have found no benefits from a decade-long attempt to curb the spread of HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence and monogamy. The U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion since 2004 telling young people in Africa to abstain from sex before marriage and then commit to a single partner. That funding didn’t influence the number of sex partners people had, the age at which they started having sex, or teen pregnancy rates, according to a study published on Monday. See http://www.aidsmap.com/page/2949285/ for more on this issue.
04 May 2016 | Bloomberg