Timothy Stewart-Winter on Revisiting the Historical Record on HIV/AIDS, From Reagan to Clinton

Rutgers-Newark Professor Timothy Stewart-Winter wrote a great article for Slate this week on why Hillary Clinton’s remarks at the funeral of Nancy Reagan are an important opportunity for remembering the real history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He also mentions the work of amazing HIV/AIDS activists in Newark.

“We must conquer AIDS before it affects the heterosexual population and the general population,” said President Ronald Reagan’s health and human services secretary, Margaret Heckler, in 1985. By then, ten thousand Americans had been diagnosed, and half of those had died.

That same year, First Lady Nancy Reagan refused a request from Elizabeth Taylor that she attend or at least lend her name to a fundraiser for AIDS.

Two years and fifteen thousand more American deaths later, President Reagan finally gave a speech about the epidemic.”

To read the full article, click HERE.


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