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Tom Hanks says he wouldn’t be cast in ‘Philadelphia’ if it was made today

Tom Hanks says he wouldn’t be cast in ‘Philadelphia’ if it was made today

Tom Hanks won his first Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a gay man dying from complications related to HIV, but he says if the film Philadelphia was made today there’s no way he’d be cast in the part. In an interview with the New York Times Hanks says Hollywood has moved on, and he’s happy that […]

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Melbourne’s AIDS Memorial Quilt receives heritage protection

Melbourne’s AIDS Memorial Quilt receives heritage protection

In an Australian first, the Melbourne AIDS Memorial Quilt has officially been granted heritage protection and recognition. The powerful piece of history joins 2,400 objects, collections and sites recognised by the Heritage Council of Victoria and the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR). Beginning in the USA, AIDS Memorial Quilts have been a hallmark of the effects […]

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On This Gay Day: The first report about AIDS is published

On This Gay Day: The first report about HIV/AIDS was published in 1981 It’s often reported that the first information about what would later be identified as HIV/AIDS was when on 5 June 1981 the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention published a notice about gay men who had died rare, and usually curable […]

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Labor’s commitment to supporting HIV organisations welcomed

Labor’s commitment to supporting HIV organisations welcomed

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) has welcomed new commitments from Federal Labor to end Australia’s HIV epidemic and bolster the health of LGBTIQ+ people. Labor has announced that, if elected, it will establish a bipartisan taskforce to drive the effort to end HIV transmission and also restore funding to peak organisations involved in the community-led HIV response. It […]

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AFAO welcomes Budget commitment to National HIV Strategy

AFAO welcomes Budget commitment to National HIV Strategy

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) has welcomed a commitment to continue funding Australian’s National HIV Strategy. The Morrison Government has tonight announced continued funding to implement Australia’s National HIV Strategy. The Budget papers reveal a further $8.6 million will be allocated to combat blood-borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections, including $5 million to […]

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Elton John’s Oscar party raises millions for HIV research

Elton John’s Oscar party raises millions for HIV research

The Oscars returned to their full glamorous delivery yesterday, after a Covid-subdued Zoom call version in 2021, and alongside the awards show was the return of Elton John’s legendary HIV/AIDS fundraiser viewing party. Elton couldn’t make the party himself this year as he’s currently on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road final world tour, but he […]

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On This Gay Day: ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ wins Grammy award

‘That’s What Friends Are For’ wins Grammy award for Song of the Year On this day in 1986 the song That’s What Friends Are For won the Song of the Year category at the Grammy Awards. The recording by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Elton John also picked up the Grammy Award for Best Pop […]

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NYC woman stays HIV free for 14 months following stem cell treatment

NYC woman stays HIV free for 14 months following stem cell treatment

A woman in New York has been able to stop taking antiretroviral treatments for HIV, and has maintained an undetectable viral load for fourteen months, after undergoing stem cell treatment. News of the case was shared at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2022). The woman, who received the stem cell transplant to […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1994 author Randy Shilts passed away

Author Randy Shilts was known as the first openly gay journalist Randy Shilts died on this day in 1994, the author is best known for his 1987 book And The Band Played On which documented the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Shilts studied journalism and the University of Oregon and came out while he working on […]

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Luc Montagnier, French virologist who helped discover HIV has died

Luc Montagnier, French virologist who helped discover HIV has died

Luc Montagnier, the French virologist who helped discover HIV has died. He was 89 years old and passed away in Paris on 8th February 2022. Montagnier won the Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine in 2008, sharing the prize with colleagues Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Harald zur Hausen for their groundbreaking work in discovering Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as the […]

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