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  • A mystery illness killed a boy in 1969. Years later, doctors learned what it was: AIDS

    The 16-year-old boy had the kind of illness that wouldn't be familiar to doctors for years: He was weak and emaciated, rife with stubborn infections and riddled with rare cancerous lesions known as Kaposi's sarcoma, a skin disease found in elderly men of Mediterranean descent. The boy, Robert Rayford, died on May 15, 1969, in St. Louis. It would be more than a decade before doctors started seeing similar cases among gay men in New York and California. In 1982, with the numbers of sick surging, the disease got a name: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

    16 May 2019 | New Zealand Herald
  • Robert Rayford Died of HIV 50 Years Ago: We Are Still Failing Queer Youth of Color

    Robert Rayford died on May 15, 1969, of a mysterious illness later identified as HIV, 13 years before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first reported on the disease in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on June 5, 1981.

    13 May 2019 | Newsweek
  • Why the infected blood enquiry matters

    Our infection through medical treatment for haemophilia caused the media to obsess about our ‘innocence’ in getting HIV and, even if they did not say it out loud, everyone could guess who the ‘guilty’ were.

    10 May 2019 | National AIDS Trust
  • Infected blood scandal: key files overlooked by Department of Health

    Exclusive: documents missed in supposedly thorough search appear vital to public inquiry

    07 May 2019 | The Guardian
  • Infected blood may have been given after safe date, inquiry hears

    Testimony raises questions about assurances provided on screening out of hepatitis C

    03 May 2019 | The Guardian
  • Blood scandal teens made pact to discover their killer

    A group of teenagers with haemophilia who were infected by contaminated blood made a pact that whoever survived would find out what was killing them, a public inquiry has heard.

    03 May 2019 | BBC News
  • ‘There was no future’: victims share impact of infected blood scandal

    Patients infected with HIV and hepatitis C give emotional evidence on first day of inquiry

    01 May 2019 | The Guardian
  • Drag troupe 'The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence' mark 40 years of 'dragtivism'

    Four decades since they began in San Francisco, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their campy activism have inspired others, according to member Sister Roma.

    23 April 2019 | NBC News
  • How mass rape in genocide transformed Rwanda's response to AIDS

    Rwanda is this week commemorating the 25th anniversary of a dark chapter of human history: a time when extremist ethnic Hutus slaughtered more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus - one tenth of the population - over three months. About 250,000 mostly Tutsi women were raped by Hutu government soldiers and allied extremist militia. And as a result, about one in four victims contracted the HIV/AIDS virus.

    11 April 2019 | Reuters
  • A Farewell to Project Inform from HIV Research Advocate David Evans

    The HIV community was dealt a sad blow this week when it was announced that the iconic non-profit HIV treatment advocacy organization, Project Inform, will end its programs. Project Inform’s Director of Research Advocacy, David Evans, has been working with the organization in various capacities for the last 27 years. In this message shared with My Fabulous Disease, David reflects on Project Inform’s legacy and on the influence of its legendary founder, Martin Delaney. We must all honor this legacy by ensuring that HIV treatment advocacy remain at the forefront of our movement.

    18 March 2019 | My Fabulous Disease
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