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  • How Avram Finkelstein Changed The Way We Think About AIDS — With One Pink Triangle

    In the 1980s the American Jewish artist and writer Avram Finkelstein was a co-creator of the iconic AIDS crisis protest poster which features a pink triangle with the words “Silence=Death.”

    14 February 2018 | Forward
  • How “Silence = Death” Became a Rallying Cry for ACT UP

    Read an excerpt from Avram Finkelstein’s new book “After Silence: A History of AIDS Through Its Images.”

    31 January 2018 | Poz
  • Gianni Versace lived and died in an era of silence around AIDS. 20 years later, little has changed

    Character after character speaks of disease and sickness and treatment and dying—but no one truly claims the affliction for themself. Ronnie speaks around the disease, but fails to say its name. A nurse alludes to new therapies, but never says what they’re for. On FX’s Versace biopic, AIDS it seems, is the ultimate four-letter word.

    29 January 2018 | Quartz
  • Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91

    Mathilde Krim, who crusaded against the scourge of AIDS with appeals to conscience that raised funds and international awareness of a disease that has killed more than 39 million people worldwide, died on Monday at her home in Kings Point, N.Y. She was 91.

    17 January 2018 | New York Times
  • Obituary: Dr. Mathilde Krim: 1926−2018

    Dr. Mathilde Krim, amfAR’s Founding Chairman and an inspirational leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, passed away peacefully at her home in King’s Point, NY, on Monday evening, January 15.

    16 January 2018 | amfAR
  • Did the AIDS Panic Make Trump Afraid of Haitians?

    In the 1980s, the Centers for Disease Control and a rabid New York media falsely portrayed Haitians as diseased and dangerous.

    16 January 2018 | Politico
  • HIV – then and now: Young, gay, black and on PrEP

    Peer mentor and outreach worker Marc Thompson was giving out Prepster resources at UK Black Pride back in July when he met Phil Samba, a writer and activist. They now work together on Blackout UK projects. Marc, 48, has been HIV positive for 31 years, Phil, 27, is negative and on PrEP. Luke Till got them together to exchange questions about intergenerational issues that affect and impact the gay black male community.

    01 December 2017 | Boyz
  • Cuba’s HIV Sanatoriums: Prisons or Public Health Tool?

    An interview with Dr. Jorge Pérez Ávila, former sanatorium director and renowned HIV expert, and medical anthropologist and activist Alfredo González, on Cuba’s controversial sanatorium system.

    27 November 2017 | North American Congress on Latin America
  • Life on London's first Aids ward

    Opened in 1987 by Diana, Princess of Wales, the Broderip, at the Middlesex Hospital, was the first Aids ward in London. In a time before antiretroviral medications, it was populated by patients, often young men, facing a life cut brutally - and painfully - short. Photographer Gideon Mendel overrode the contemporary stigma surrounding HIV to take tender portraits of partners, friends and family comforting their loved ones.

    24 November 2017 | BBC
  • Guerrilla public health

    Saying no doesn't always work, and many people who use illegal drugs just want non-judgemental help and advice. From safe-use graphic guides, to safe places to exchange needles, this is a potted (and sometimes controversial) history of drug harm reduction in the UK from the 1980s on.

    22 November 2017 | Wellcome Collection
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