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When Gay Men Went Into The Desert, After The HIV Bomb

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.

Published
16 May 2016
From
Queerty
Tobacco firms pushed AIDS agenda to protect profits

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.

Published
09 May 2016
From
SciDevNet
It’s Tough to Stop Sex, Study of U.S. AIDS Effort Shows

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.

Published
04 May 2016
From
Bloomberg
A generation of artists were wiped out by Aids and we barely talk about it

A new film about the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is a shocking and brilliant reminder of the devastation HIV and Aids wreaked – and still does.

Published
21 April 2016
From
The Guardian
Oral History: Bittersweet Memories Of A Cuban HIV Sanitarium

Back in the 1990s, Cuba created a network of sanitariums, where people with HIV were confined indefinitely. It sounds barbaric, but as former patient Eduardo Martinez’s recollections reveal, it’s complicated. Life in the sanitariums was so much better than outside that some people purposely infected themselves with HIV.

Published
24 March 2016
From
WBUR
Michelangelo Signorile: How Nancy Reagan Finally Started a Conversation About AIDS - 35 Years Later

This election cycle, it took Nancy Reagan 's death, ironically, to get a discussion going among the candidates about an issue important to LGBT people. But there's more to talk about on that issue -- actually talk, beyond the position papers -- and there are more issues affecting LGBT people to have a dialogue about.

Published
15 March 2016
From
Huffington Post
Bernie Sanders courts HIV activists with new action plan after Clinton AIDS gaffe

Mrs Clinton previously enjoyed strong support from LGBT groups and HIV charities given her record on the issue – but the candidate's gaffe may play into the hands of Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, who is now attempting to court prominent HIV activists.

Published
15 March 2016
From
PinkNews
On the Fight Against HIV and AIDS -- and on the People Who Really Started the Conversation

Hillary Clinton: "This week, at Nancy Reagan's funeral, I said something inaccurate when speaking about the Reagans' record on HIV and AIDS. Since then, I've heard from countless people who were devastated by the loss of friends and loved ones, and hurt and disappointed by what I said. As someone who has also lost friends and loved ones to AIDS, I understand why. I made a mistake, plain and simple."

Published
14 March 2016
From
Huffington Post
Last Men Standing: The Forgotten Survivors Of AIDS

These men, then in their 20s and 30s, weren’t supposed to make it to 40. Now some are 60 years old, even 70, still alive but wounded physically, psychologically and economically. They also are suffering debilitating health problems, chronic illnesses brought on by a lifetime of living with AIDS and the toxic effects of its treatment. Many live in stark isolation, feeling abandoned and forgotten, even by the gay community they helped build here.

Published
11 March 2016
From
San Francisco Chronicle
The Man Who Was Wrongly Labeled As HIV's 'Patient Zero'

Flight attendant Gaetan Dugas couldn’t have started the epidemic in the 1980s, because the virus had already been around in the U.S. since the early 1970s, beginning in New York City in 1970 — likely coming from someone who had caught the virus in Haiti or a nearby country — and then spreading to San Francisco by 1975.

Published
08 March 2016
From
New York Magazine
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