In Jon Cohen’s 2001 book, Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine, he detailed the Reagan administration’s early indifference to the growing epidemic. White House acting press secretary Larry Speakes, and some of the reporters at press briefings, found the crisis to be quite the joking matter.
This week for BuzzReads, Kathleen McLaughlin profiles an elderly activist who battled the Chinese government to expose the truth behind one of the country’s largest AIDS outbreaks. Read that, and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
World AIDS Day is coming up, and these funny ladies are going to get serious for a minute.
Quite possibly the worst typo ever.
The premise is a woman goes on to the subway and gets into a physical altercation with her boyfriend because he gave her AIDS.
The former Heavyweight Champion and star of Rocky V died in Nebraska of undisclosed causes. Morrison denied he was ever HIV positive in the final years of his life.
The facts about HIV are well-known and agreed upon by HIV specialist and HIV/AIDS organizations in the United States, but the myths around HIV remain rife. When it comes to fighting these myths, we say “let knowledge be your shield and sword!”
“The reality is lesbians are HIV-positive. The reality is lesbians are so in denial,” a black lesbian activist in the township of Khayelitsha tells BuzzFeed. A recent study found almost one in 10 women who have sex with women in southern Africa is HIV-positive, but homophobia and the stigma of the disease among lesbians make it difficult to confront.
Chief justice sets limits on the conditions the federal government can set for groups that accept federal money. Justices Scalia and Thomas disagreed.
In 1992, Malcolm-Jamal Warner (aka Theo Huxtable) directed a “hip” PSA to inform young people about HIV and AIDS. The results are total early ‘90s cheesiness.
The attack highlights the widespread problem of hate crimes in the country, activists say.
Quinn Tivey has teamed up with GenerationCURE, a campaign aimed at the younger generation. Today has been designated National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Less a film than a morality play, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor presents HIV as a “sinner’s disease.”
A breakthrough in early treatment.
Detroit’s iconic Cass Technical High School was demolished in 2011. But before it was torn down, Detroit Urbex created a ghostly tribute to what it once was.
Michael Klein, author of the new poetry collection The Talking Day, spoke with BuzzFeed about his career, his thoughts on dating, hooking up, and commitment, and what he is still learning from Adrienne Rich.
Lifelong commitment is more than just possible for gay men living with HIV, it’s a hard-fought, hard-won reality.
Iconic New York City Mayor Ed Koch leaves behind a complicated legacy to say the least.
Lee Thompson, more commonly known as Uncle Poodle, disclosed in an interview that he tested positive for the virus.
A new study from Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training determined there is a correlation between the size of a gay man’s penis and the likelihood he’ll use a condom.
“You make your life as meaningful as you can make it. You live it and don’t be afraid of who is going to like you or are you being appropriate. You worry about things like being kind. You worry about things like being generous. And if it’s not about that, what the hell’s it about?”
Since 1981, organizations from around the world have committed to making people aware of the dangers of HIV/AIDS and how prevent the spread of infection.
Looking back at the way movies have handled AIDS and HIV over the last thirty years.
For nearly a year, Jo Ann Santangelo documented the stories of people living in Austin, TX in effort to reduce the stigma associated with the virus.
“I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, … do hereby proclaim December 1, 2012, as World AIDS Day.”
On the fifth anniversary of its initial release, Lost Raven, the award-winning graphic novel, will be made available online.
“These draconian budget cuts will actually result in the conservative loss of 600,000 people with AIDS’ lives around the world,” protester says of possible “fiscal cliff” cuts. Note: Some photos and videos include said naked protesters.
At least it’s just TMI and not HIV.
A new study shows female condoms are a surprisingly effective way to stop the spread of HIV. But does anybody actually use them? Turns out, people do — if they know how.