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  • A preoccupation with “patient zero” stimulated, but may also have stymied, early efforts to understand AIDS

    In his book Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, Richard McKay retraces the fits and starts of early AIDS research and how the evocative concept of a “patient zero” both captured the imagination of the general public and fed into the media hype that fueled speculation about the disease.

    20 November 2017 | Science
  • ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ is the Sexiest Damn Film of 2017. Period.

    Director Robin Campillo never allows us to forget that the young men (and women!) who populate this activism group are every bit as interested in dancing and getting laid as in making a statement. And, come to think of it, his characters’ connection to their sexual humanity during a time when touching a person with HIV was abhorrent is a heady statement in and of itself.

    07 November 2017 | My Fabulous Disease
  • Larry Kramer ‘Did Not Set Out to Be an Activist At All’

    Currently working on The American People: Volume 2, the founder of ACT UP and the Gay Men's Health Crisis talks about his legacy and Theatre Rhino's production of The Normal Heart.

    01 November 2017 | SF Weekly
  • Why AIDS Film “BPM” Has So Many Love Scenes—and So Much Dancing

    The film’s director and stars also discuss how ACT UP Paris differed from U.S. activism and what young viewers find exciting about “BPM.”

    30 October 2017 | Poz
  • AIDS—learning from history (and human beings)

    After 400 pages of exhaustive (and occasionally exhausting) remembering, Michael Merson and Stephen Inrig conclude their “useful history” (The AIDS Pandemic: Searching for a Global Response, 2017) with seven lessons.

    20 October 2017 | The Lancet
  • Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

    "The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

    09 October 2017 | MSMGF
  • Two Exhibitions Illuminate Queer NYC Subculture During the AIDS Epidemic

    “Continuum” is a term used by two curators who’ve recently organized exhibitions of art created amidst and in response to the AIDS epidemic in New York City. Both exhibitions provide a peek into the artistic scenes, subcultures, and venues that cultivated community in NYC during this time.

    27 September 2017 | Bedford and Bowery
  • Moments of Stillness

    An interview with photographer Stephen Barker, whose portraits show early AIDS activists, minus all the anger.

    25 September 2017 | Poz
  • 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
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