Twenty-two years ago this day August 13th, 1998 for the first time in over a decade The Bay Area Reporter printed no obituaries.
Every week for 10 years BAR reported dozens of deaths for gay men who succumbed to AIDS. But on August 13th, 1998 three years after the release of the first effective HIV drugs for the first time The Bay Area Reporter had no AIDS related deaths to report.
AIDS deaths in New York City also plummeted by 48 percent accelerating earlier gains attributed to improved drug therapies.
By 1998, AIDS/HIV had already killed 14 million people, mostly gay men. But now also women, and children.
Almost an entire generation of gay men were wiped out most of whom set the groundwork and fought for the many of the rights and visibility enjoy today.