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  • Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 'opposed HIV screening for Indigenous Australians'

    Former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen reportedly tried to stop Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders from being screened for HIV because he believed the virus was a punishment from God.

    18 September 2017 | SBS
  • Capturing the Wild Sadness of the AIDS Crisis at Its Height

    It was not until decades later — after drug advances and cultural changes had dulled the sharp edge of the AIDS crisis, after the disease and those who fought it became something that many people saw as history — that the photographer Stephen Barker realized that he had been creating a photo project about AIDS and the people he met at ACT UP, the AIDS advocacy group.

    13 September 2017 | Time
  • How we made the Don't Die of Ignorance Aids campaign

    "With the TV advert we knew we had about 40 seconds to get people’s attention. That’s not enough time to explain anything complex – we just needed viewers to make sure they read the leaflets that would be arriving through their door. Scaring people was deliberate."

    05 September 2017 | The Guardian
  • HIV cases fall by 40% for second year at top clinic

    London's largest sexual health clinic is set to record a huge drop in new HIV cases for a second successive year. 56 Dean Street has now set itself a target of zero new infections after witnessing a two-thirds fall in the number of new diagnoses since 2015.

    30 August 2017 | Evening Standard
  • 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
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