Act Up! painting on fragment of the Berlin Wall, displayed at the Newseum in Washington.The ACT UP actions below in chronological order are taken from Douglas’s history of ACT UP and the ACT UP, New York time capsule. ACT UP members demonstrated at Wall Street and Broadway on March 1, 1987, calling for greater access to experimental AIDS treatments and for a coordinated national policy to address AIDS.
On March 24, 1987 250 ACT UP members demonstrated at Wall Street and Broadway calling for greater access to experimental AIDS treatments and for a coordinated national policy to fight the disease. In an op-ed in the New York Times the day before Larry Kramer outlined some of the major points of concern for ACT UP. Seventeen ACT UP members were arrested during this act of civil disobedience.
On January 22, 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, John Weir along with two other ACT UP activists stormed into the CBS Evening News studio as their broadcast was beginning. They chanted “AIDS is news – fight AIDS not Arabs!” eclipsing anchor Dan Rather before the broadcast was cut off. The same night ACT UP demonstrated at the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour studios. The next day several activists unfurled banners at Grand Central Terminal that read “Money for AIDS, not war” and “One AIDS death every 8 minutes.” One of the banners was unfurled in front of the train schedule board and the other was tied to helium balloons to be raised on the station’s roof. These actions were part of a coordinated protest dubbed Day of Despair.
Act up AIDS
HIV/AIDS is transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person. It can also be transmitted through sharing needles with an infected person, through blood transfusions from people who have the virus, or through a mother who is infected and passes the disease to her baby.
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) involves taking a cocktail of anti-HIV drugs used to treat the virus. In 1987, azidothymidine (AZT) became the first drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (FDA) to be used to treat HIV/AIDS.
1999 – Researchers in the United States find evidence that HIV-1 probably originated in a chimpanzee population in West Africa. The virus appears to have been transmitted to people who hunted and consumed chimpanzees as food.
July 30, 2008 – Initiative 5501, or the U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Bill of 2008, becomes law and authorizes up to $48 billion to fight HIV/AIDS worldwide. Also against tuberculosis and malaria. Through 2013, PEPFAR plans to work in partnership with host countries to support the treatment of at least four million people, the prevention of 12 million new infections and the care of 12 million people.
Where hiv is found
UNAIDS welcomes President Biden’s move to appoint John Nkengasong as the new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator 28 September 202128 September 202128 September 2021
GENEVA, 28 September 2021: UNAIDS warmly welcomes the proposal by the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, to appoint John Nkengasong as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of U.S. government activities to combat HIV/AIDS globally from within the Department of State.
Peter Sands, the Executive Director of the Global Fund, said that the number of mothers receiving prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services dropped by 4.5%, the number of people reached with HIV prevention programs declined by 11%, HIV testing declined by 22% and voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention dropped by 27%.
“What we need from governments is that they know that without us they cannot reach communities and achieve the ambitious goals,” said Sbongile Nkosi, the Co-Executive Director of the Global Network of People Living with HIV, who joined live from South Africa.
World AIDS Day
On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn, a meeting place for the gay community in New York’s Greenwich Village, was raided by the police. But for the first time, members of the LGBT community spoke out against the oppression they suffered. There were spontaneous demonstrations and riots, and that revolt gave rise to the Pride march. It began in New York, was joined by Los Angeles and is now celebrated in several cities around the world on the days following June 28.
In Buenos Aires the first march also coincided with those days: it was on July 2, 1992. The organizers were Carlos Jáuregui and César Cigliutti, two referents of the Argentine Homosexual Community (CHA). Three hundred people participated, most of them with their faces covered with masks so that they would not be recognized. They demanded “Freedom, Equality, Diversity”.Play VideoVideo: LGBT, gay, trans, queer and different genders tell why they celebrate LGBT Pride Day.
In anticipation, some organizations hold Pride Day celebrations these days to demand that there be no more hate crimes against a collective that is still waiting for the vindication of their most basic rights.