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Florence Revisited: America’s History of HIV Travel Restrictions

Scientists and protesters at 1991 International AIDS Conference in Florence

By Martha Henry

Over 18,000 people met in Durban, South Africa this July for the 21st International AIDS Conference. We look back to a time 25 years ago, when protesters at the 1991 meeting threatened a boycott because of severe U.S. restrictions for HIV-positive travelers.
The mood in Florence was combative. It was June 1991. Scientists, activists and reporters had gathered in Italy to share the latest findings at the International AIDS Conference. Unfortunately, there were no breakthroughs to announce. Continue reading

Q&A with Peter Staley

Peter Staley at HSPH during his talk on AIDS, ACT UP, and Birth of Patient Advocacy
Peter Staley at HSPH during his talk on AIDS, ACT UP, and Birth of Patient Advocacy

“I’ve always admitted my activism was a very selfish form of activism.
I wanted to live.” – Peter Staley

When he tested positive for HIV in 1985, Peter Staley was a 24-year-old closeted gay bond trader. He joined ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) shortly after its founding in 1987. A year later, he left his job on Wall Street to become a full-time AIDS activist and a member of ACT UP’s Treatment & Data Committee. Continue reading