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Looking Back at ‘Philadelphia,’ 25 Years Later

What would the breakthrough movie about the AIDS crisis look like if it were made today?

04 January 2019
Smithsonian Magazine
Loss and Bravery: Intimate Snapshots From the First Decade of the AIDS Crisis

We asked three New York Times photographers and one reporter who covered the AIDS crisis as the epidemic escalated to reflect on how they navigated what was then an unknown and terrifying world.

02 December 2018
New York Times
AIDS: homophobic and moralistic images of 1980s still haunt our view of HIV – that must change

If you remember the 1980s, you will likely summon up the image of the Grim Reaper or a black tombstone when asked to think about AIDS. Those images, embedded in our collective memory by two iconic Australian and British public health campaigns of that decade, reveal how AIDS has been both a medical and a cultural epidemic since it was first clinically observed in the US in 1981. In the words of American scholar Paula Treichler, AIDS has always partly been an “epidemic of meanings”.

30 November 2018
The Conversation
Gideon Mendel's best photograph: a mother carries her HIV-infected son

I shot this image of Dorika Gabriel carrying her son, Joseph, in 1997. I had travelled to their village on the Ugandan border of Tanzania, close to Lake Victoria, to photograph local responses to HIV and Aids.

29 November 2018
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Bohemian Rhapsody: Should pop culture figures bear the burden of identity politics?

Rachel Weatherley argues that the omission of the AIDS crisis turns the new Queen biopic into a work of fiction

10 November 2018
Aids activists Gran Fury bring their rage to the UK in new show

The collective’s survey comprises works produced between 1987 and 1995, such as their installation The Pope and the Penis (1990). The New York-based art collective Gran Fury is finally making its debut in the UK, at Auto Italia in London (until 2 December).

09 October 2018
The Art Newspaper
Russell T Davies Focuses On AIDS in The 1980s For C4 Drama ‘The Boys’

The Boys follows the story of the 1980s, the story of AIDS, and the story of three boys, Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin, across the decade. The Doctor Who writer (above) has created The Boys, a five-part series for Channel 4.

22 August 2018
Romania: protesters interrupt screening of movie about AIDS

Protesters have interrupted a screening of a French AIDS drama in Bucharest, saying it violates traditional Romanian values.

06 February 2018
Washington post
‘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
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

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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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