AIDS Activism Timeline: 1981-present

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A Chronology of the AIDS Epidemic and the Resistance to It


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1981, March

At least eight cases of a more aggressive form of KS had occurred amongst young gay men in New York.[1]

1981, July 3

The New York Times prints the first story about a new disease said to be affecting gay men.[2]

1981, July 4

MMWR Weekly publishes "Kaposi's Sarcoma and Pneumocystis Pneumonia among Homosexual Men-New York City and California",.[3]

1982, day? month?

Berkowitz, Richard; Callen, Michael. "We Know Who We Are: Two Gay Men Declare War On Promiscuity". New York Native, day?, month? 1982, page?


Richard Berkowitz and Michael Callen, with Joseph Sonnabend. "How to Have Sex in an Epidemic: One Approach". News From The Front Publications, 1983.

1985, September 22

Gross, Jane. "Homosexuals stepping up AIDS education. New York Times. page ?

1993, May 26

Mark Dennis, "AIDS and deep denial," Wall Street Journal, May 26, 1993, p. A19.


Treichler, Paula A. How to Have Theory in an Epidemic: Cultural Chronicles of AIDS. Duke University Press. ISBN 0822323184.

2009, June 14

Goldstein, Gary. "'Sex Positive' documents the pioneers of safe sex". Los Angeles Time.,0,4122010.story. Retrieved 2009-06-14.

Bibliography, Alphabetical

Avert: Adverting HIV and AIDS. Website timeline accessed June 28, 2010, 3:15 pm.


  1. Hymes, K.B., Greene, J. B., Marcus, A., et al. (1981) 'Kaposi's sarcoma in homosexual men: A report of eight cases', Lancet 2:598-600.
  2. Altman, L.K. "Rare cancer seen in 41 Homosexuals." New York Times, PAGE TO COME
  3. MMWR Weekly."Kaposi's Sarcoma and Pneumocystis Pneumonia among Homosexual Men-New York City and California", July 4, 1981, 30 (4); 305-308