AIDS is an everyday experience. These dates represent milestones in the AIDS epidemic. Some dates are known globally; others commemorate individual experiences. AIDS Is Everyday is an ongoing art project produced in conjunction with Visual AIDS to help break down the silence, shame and stigma surrounding HIV.
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3–9 – Cyclists ride 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of AIDS/LifeCycle (formerly the California AIDS Ride) to raise funds for HIV/AIDS services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The first ride took place 25 years ago. (2019)
4 – ACT UP demonstrates at the Fifth International Conference on AIDS in Montreal and calls for parallel track drug testing in AIDS treatment research. (1989)
5 – HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day
The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) releases RISE Proud: Combating HIV Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men, an action plan to mitigate the impact of HIV on Black gay and bisexual men. (2013)
8 – National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
10 –The U.S. Congress enacts the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Revitalization Act, which gives the Office of AIDS Research primary oversight of all NIH AIDS research. The act also requires NIH and other research agencies to expand involvement of women and minorities in all research. (1993)
13 – The Iowa Supreme Court overturns the conviction of Nick Rhoades, who faced a 25-year prison sentence for not disclosing his HIV status during a sexual encounter with another man during which they used a condom. (2014)
14 – Activist Hydeia Broadbent is born with HIV. She began speaking about living with HIV/AIDS at age 6. (1984)
16 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues the first guidelines for preventing Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), an AIDS-related opportunistic infection and a major cause of illness and death for people living with AIDS. (1989)
20 – AIDS activists demonstrate at the Sixth International Conference on AIDS in San Francisco to highlight the demands of the HIV/AIDS community and to protest the new ban on travel to the United States by people with HIV. (1990)
21 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves nevirapine, the first non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor. (1996)
25 – Desert Migration, a film about a group of long-term survivors living in Palm Springs, California, premieres at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. (2015)
Author: Jennifer Morton