Start Date

1-5-2019 12:30 PM

End Date

1-5-2019 1:45 PM

Disciplines

Public History | United States History

Subjects

AIDS (Disease), HIV infections, AIDS activists, ACT UP (Organization), Sexual minorities -- Political activity

Abstract

The paper examines the role of activism within the AIDS epidemic in the United States and the factors that influenced the various protests. It focuses on the activism that had a major impact on the epidemic and the search for a cure with a concentration on the activist group, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). The thesis is that because the activists mostly came from oppressed backgrounds of being LGBT or people of color, they were not afraid of their reputation with the public and thus went to great lengths to expose the corruption in the system and within the government surrounding the topic of AIDS and get the results they needed.

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The Role of Activism During the AIDS Epidemic

The paper examines the role of activism within the AIDS epidemic in the United States and the factors that influenced the various protests. It focuses on the activism that had a major impact on the epidemic and the search for a cure with a concentration on the activist group, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). The thesis is that because the activists mostly came from oppressed backgrounds of being LGBT or people of color, they were not afraid of their reputation with the public and thus went to great lengths to expose the corruption in the system and within the government surrounding the topic of AIDS and get the results they needed.