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  • Iatrogenic transmission fueled early spread of HIV pandemic in Africa

    The association of blood-borne viruses and previous IV procedures among aged residents of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, may suggest the rapid emergence of HIV in this region during the mid-20th century was driven by iatrogenic transmission, according to a recently published study.

    22 January 2016 | Healio
  • US: It Took 20 Years For The Government To Pay For An Obvious Way To Prevent HIV

    the final days of December, Congress quietly decided to change the 30-year-old ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs. For advocates, researchers and health workers who’ve worked on this issue for decades, it was a welcome, but bittersweet change. Lawmakers were moved to act not by the scientific research but by a large outbreak of HIV in Indiana last year.

    11 January 2016 | FiveThirtyEight
  • Thatcher tried to block 'bad taste' public health warnings about Aids

    Newly released files show then PM tried to limit distribution of adverts as she feared explicit descriptions of ‘risky sex’ would harm young teenagers.

    30 December 2015 | The Guardian
  • Collaboration and Conflict: Looking Back at the 30-Year History of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group

    The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) supported groundbreaking research that transformed a death-sentence disease into a chronic illness that could be managed for decades with medication. It is now the largest network of therapeutic clinical trial units in the world.

    23 December 2015 | JAMA
  • Did Liz Taylor Really Run a Bel Air Buyers Club for AIDS Meds, As Kathy Ireland Claimed?

    Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy as the pioneering celebrity AIDS activist is secure. But she was not in the trenches or at the barricades, and no one expected her to be. That’s why Kathy Ireland’s story about Taylor running a Bel Air buyers club sounded to me like bullshit.

    13 December 2015 | New York magazine
  • Elizabeth Taylor ran 'secret underground network' to provide Aids patients with experimental drugs, friend claims

    A close friend of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor has claimed she ran “a secret underground network” to get experimental HIV medication to patients.

    02 December 2015 | The Independent
  • World AIDS Day: A Slut’s Perspective

    "The gay culture in which I am enmeshed is no longer living in the grip of fear. ... I see gay men become increasingly confident and enthusiastic about interacting with one another, both online and in social spaces. We talk about the sex we’re going to have, and we negotiate boundaries. We take responsibility for our own health, and we show concern for the health of others. ... In short, sexuality is moving beyond being merely accepted; it is becoming celebrated. The rise of slut pride has emerged from the ashes of the 1970s."

    02 December 2015 | Satyriconstories.com
  • The Reagan Administration’s Unearthed Response to the AIDS Crisis Is Chilling

    Using never-before-heard audio tapes from three separate press conferences, in 1982, 1983, and 1984, When AIDS Was Funny illustrates how the reporter Lester Kinsolving, a conservative (and not at all gay-friendly) fixture in the White House press corps, was consistently scoffed at when he posed urgent questions about the AIDS epidemic.

    02 December 2015 | Vanity Fair
  • Gregg Gonsalves: It’s not just the germs

    Veteran AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves wants to change the way you think about illness.

    15 September 2015 | Yale Alumni Magazine
  • How to Survive a Footnote: AIDS activism in the "after" years

    Emily Bass on how the complex history of HIV activism jeopardises the inclusion of HIV into mainstream black and gay activism. "We need to understand and address the epidemic of amnesia that’s taken place alongside the viral rampage of HIV. The victories the AIDS-activist movement has secured have always come at a time and at a price that has made them difficult to celebrate."

    01 September 2015 | N+1 Magazaine
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