Our Forgotten Epidemic is a six-part series about Aotearoa New Zealand's response to HIV and AIDS, and some of the many brave individuals who changed the course of history.
In the early 1980s, people in Aotearoa started hearing rumours of a new, mystery illness that seemed to mostly be killing gay men overseas. Early rhetoric around the illness, still without an official name or known means of acquisition, was overtly homophobic and harmful. Rainbow media, such as Pink Triangle, the newspaper of the National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand, had some early articles in their health sections. But, on the whole, the government, mainstream media, the wider public, and even the medical community largely knew nothing or thought it was just 'something going on overseas'. Then, Kiwis began coming home sick... and several brave people stood up and demanded that people take notice before it was too late.
1980s, act up, aids hotline, aids support network, alyssa partington, aotearoa new zealand, auckland, auckland hospital, berlin, bill logan, bruce burnett, burnett foundation aotearoa, centers for disease control and prevention (cdc), cruise ship, discrimination, frightened, gay, gay cancer, gay compromise syndrome, gay plague, gay-related immune deficiency (grid), health, hemophilia, hepatitis, hiv stigma, hiv testing and prevention, hiv/aids, jason myers, joe rich, john mcleod, just desserts (auckland), kaposi's sarcoma, kate leslie, london, manatū hauora ministry of health, media, morbidity and mortality weekly report (mmwr), new york city, new zealand aids foundation (nzaf), phil parkinson, pink triangle (magazine), pink triangle collective, prevention, qe2 (ocean liner), rod ellis-pegler, san francisco, shanti project, std, sti, taranaki, the denver principles, tony hughes, ward 9c (auckland hospital)
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