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  • How mass rape in genocide transformed Rwanda's response to AIDS

    Rwanda is this week commemorating the 25th anniversary of a dark chapter of human history: a time when extremist ethnic Hutus slaughtered more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus - one tenth of the population - over three months. About 250,000 mostly Tutsi women were raped by Hutu government soldiers and allied extremist militia. And as a result, about one in four victims contracted the HIV/AIDS virus.

    11 April 2019 | Reuters
  • A Farewell to Project Inform from HIV Research Advocate David Evans

    The HIV community was dealt a sad blow this week when it was announced that the iconic non-profit HIV treatment advocacy organization, Project Inform, will end its programs. Project Inform’s Director of Research Advocacy, David Evans, has been working with the organization in various capacities for the last 27 years. In this message shared with My Fabulous Disease, David reflects on Project Inform’s legacy and on the influence of its legendary founder, Martin Delaney. We must all honor this legacy by ensuring that HIV treatment advocacy remain at the forefront of our movement.

    18 March 2019 | My Fabulous Disease
  • Hundreds of contaminated blood files ‘checked out by Government officials’

    Hundreds of files relating to contaminated blood were removed by Government officials and went missing, it has emerged. A Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) investigation conducted last year following the start of the Infected Blood Inquiry found around 950 files relating to blood policy had been “checked out” by staff going back years.

    11 February 2019 | ITV News
  • Quest to Solve Assassination Mystery Revives an AIDS Conspiracy Theory

    A former militia member claims that his organization used phony vaccinations in the early 1990s to spread H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, in an attempt to wipe out the black population in South Africa. Scientists immediately cast doubt on the claim, which they called medically dubious.

    28 January 2019 | New York Times
  • The Catholic Nun Who Came to New York to Confront the AIDS Crisis

    In the 1980s the Catholic Church was notorious for its prejudice when it came to HIV and AIDS. But figures like Sister Carol Baltosiewich from Illinois were determined to do good.

    21 January 2019 | The Daily Beast
  • Looking Back at ‘Philadelphia,’ 25 Years Later

    What would the breakthrough movie about the AIDS crisis look like if it were made today?

    04 January 2019 | Smithsonian Magazine
  • The Lisbon Patient: Meet the man living with HIV who's about to turn 100

    Referred to in a soon-to-be published case study as “The Lisbon Patient,” Miguel -- which is not his real name -- is also the oldest documented person with HIV in the world.

    18 December 2018 | CTV
  • China’s history with AIDS explains a puzzling aspect of the ‘CRISPR babies’ story

    The first time I met someone in China dying from complications of AIDS, he had never heard of the illness that had already killed thousands of his fellow citizens. That ignorance among sufferers, in parts of the country where people were most likely to have it, reflected China’s unique and complex history with AIDS, one that involved a litany of scandals and government cover-ups that have left a lasting imprint of stigma and fear about HIV and AIDS — and discrimination.

    17 December 2018 | STAT
  • George H. W. Bush’s Presidency Erased People with AIDS. So Did the Tributes to Him

    The essential demand of AIDS activism was that the war be seen. Visibility is the starting point of politics. Unlike other disenfranchised groups, gay men with AIDS, many of whom were white and not poor and had been closeted, had experienced the shock of elision. George H. W. Bush consistently refused to see them.

    10 December 2018 | New Yorker
  • Tribute to Treatment Action Campaign at 20!

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) turns 20 today – International Human Rights Day – and our history would be much poorer without them.

    10 December 2018 | Health-e
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