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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.

Published
18 September 2017
From
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.

Published
13 September 2017
From
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."

Published
05 September 2017
From
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.

Published
30 August 2017
From
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.

Published
11 July 2017
From
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.”

Published
10 July 2017
From
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.

Published
10 July 2017
From
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.

Published
10 July 2017
From
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.

Published
04 July 2017
From
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.

Published
21 June 2017
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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