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Sunday Morning Snapshots Capture Life after Last Call

Richard Renaldi captures the decadence of a club scene now that it’s no longer shaken by fear of an untreatable disease. In 1996, after a breakup with his boyfriend, Richard...

Jerry Mitchell Tells the Naked Truth about Broadway Bares

The musical theater dynamo sounds off on showing skin to fight AIDS and bringing Pretty Woman to the stage. This June marked the 27th time that Broadway actors disrobed in the...

AIDS at Home: An Exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York

An exhibition showcases art that explores the early years of the epidemic from a very personal perspective. As the AIDS crisis unfolded during its early decades, even the hidden...

GMHC—Protecting People with HIV from Losing Housing

AIDS service organizations know housing can be a challenge for their clients. But what is the best way to offer help? People living with HIV or aids can be at risk of Losing...

The AIDS Quilt At 30: A Tale of Tears, Trials and Tenacity

What did it mean then, and what does it mean now? Thirty years have passed since San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones decided to honor his friend, Marvin Feldman, who...

"How to Survive a Plague:" AIDS and Hard Lessons Learned

Looking to the past for lessons on struggling against stubborn silence. As 2016 concluded, The New York Times reported that the number of people diagnosed HIV positive in Russia...

Once in the TV Spotlight, HIV Slips into the Shadows

Characters with HIV are disappearing from screens, though their presence is crucial. Oliver Hampton is charting a lonely path. Not only did a potential lover spurn him when he...

Blue Blood: Prince Harry Takes the HIV Test

How does a beloved cultural figure get the word out about how vital it is to get tested? The importance of getting tested for HIV cannot be stressed enough; so England’s Prince...

Art AIDS America: Art Through the Plague Years

“The only way art lives is through the experience of the observer. The reality of art begins with the eyes of the beholder, through imagination, invention and confrontation.”...