AIDS and HIV aren’t just potentially devastating health conditions, they are permeated with stigma and a weighty community trauma of being ostracized, vilified, and abandoned. Although there are now optimistic standard treatments that can mitigate the disease’s physical effects and a better general public understanding of these conditions, we still have to process the complex effects that a diagnosis can have on our romantic, social, professional, and emotional lives. An HIV or AIDS diagnosis can be overwhelming, but there is a supportive community out there ready to provide information, encouragement, and solidarity.
In this groundbreaking narrative, longtime Washington Post reporter Craig Timberg and award-winning AIDS researcher Daniel Halperin tell the surprising story of how Western colonial powers unwittingly sparked the AIDS epidemic and then fanned its rise.
On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we’re looking at how LGBT rights have changed over the last half century. Some say the AIDS crisis accelerated gay rights in America. The nation’s first AIDS ward at San Francisco General Hospital is the subject of a new show on Netflix.