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Gay History - July 3, 1981: New York Times Publishes "Rare Cancer Seen In 41 Homosexuals" [Article Included]

Gay History – July 3, 1981: New York Times Publishes “Rare Cancer Seen In 41 Homosexuals” [Article Included]

The day that changed our lives forever.

 Over 40 years ago today on July 3rd. 1981, The New York Times’s published  it’s first article about AIDS headlined: “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.” (“Gay” had yet to be accepted by The Times’s style manual.) The cancer was Kaposi’s sarcoma, and until then it had seldom been seen in otherwise healthy young men.

The Times article written by LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, M.D. is considered by most to have been the first mainstream journalistic mention of what later became to be known as AIDS and would later wipe out nearly an entire generation of gay men.

Living in New York City at the time I remember the day that this article was published.  I was working at The Ninth Circle and was at the downstairs bar with Fred Tree the bartender and a friend named Neil Murphy.  We were reading the article and I remember clear as day none of us were really worrying about it.  Because after all you couldn’t catch cancer. Right?

Neil would become one of the many victims of the plague in the years that followed.

That was over 40 years ago now and over 90 percent of my friends from that time in my life are gone.  But they are and never will be forgotten as they will always with me until the day we meet again.

Over 40+ million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic.

There is still no cure.

#NeverForget

 

RARE CANCER SEEN IN 41 HOMOSEXUALS

Doctors in New York and California have diagnosed among homosexual men 41 cases of a rare and often rapidly fatal form of cancer. Eight of the victims died less than 24 months after the diagnosis was made.

The cause of the outbreak is unknown, and there is as yet no evidence of contagion. But the doctors who have made the diagnoses, mostly in New York City and the San Francisco Bay area, are alerting other physicians who treat large numbers of homosexual men to the problem in an effort to help identify more cases and to reduce the delay in offering chemotherapy treatment.

The sudden appearance of the cancer, called Kaposi’s Sarcoma, has prompted a medical investigation that experts say could have as much scientific as public health importance because of what it may teach about determining the causes of more common types of cancer. First Appears in Spots

Doctors have been taught in the past that the cancer usually appeared first in spots on the legs and that the disease took a slow course of up to 10 years. But these recent cases have shown that it appears in one or more violet-colored spots anywhere on the body. The spots generally do not itch or cause other symptoms, often can be mistaken for bruises, sometimes appear as lumps and can turn brown after a period of time. The cancer often causes swollen lymph glands, and then kills by spreading throughout the body.

Doctors investigating the outbreak believe that many cases have gone undetected because of the rarity of the condition and the difficulty even dermatologists may have in diagnosing it.

In a letter alerting other physicians to the problem, Dr. Alvin E. Friedman-Kien of New York University Medical Center, one of the investigators, described the appearance of the outbreak as ”rather devastating.”

Since the beginning of the epidemic, 79.3 million [55.9–110 million] people have been infected with the HIV virus and 36.3 million [27.2–47.8 million] people have died of HIV.

New York Govenor David Patterson Vetoes Rent Relief Bill For People Living With HIV/AIDS, Senator Tom Duane Responds (Video)

In 2009 New York State Senator Thomas Duane introduced and supported passionately bill preventing people living with HIV or AIDS and receiving public assistance from having to pay more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent. The bill passed, and made its way through the proper channels to Governor Paterson’s desk, where he vetoed it this weekend, saying it was unclear where the money would come from to pay for it.
Said Patterson:

“This is my most difficult veto. I recognize, sadly, the history of the inadequacy of services government has brought to bear for those with H.I.V./AIDS. I have pledged not to impose unfunded mandates on cash-strapped localities, and to prevent the state from taking on additional financial burdens outside the budget process without an identified funding source.”

State Senator Thomas Duane reacted with anger, releasing this statement:

“Governor Paterson’s veto of the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) 30% rent cap bill is an incredible tragedy. Thousands of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS who receive housing assistance from HASA will continue to be forced to live on $11 and change a day because all the rest of their monthly income — in some cases upwards of 70% — must go towards paying rent. While people in all of New York’s other rental assistance programs have their rents capped at 30% of income, these women and men will continue to worry about how they are going to survive each month instead of focusing on staying well. It is inexcusable that New York would make these people who are ill decide between buying winter gloves or underwear, between buying toilet paper or a Metrocard to get to a doctor’s appointment, between buying toothpaste to brush their teeth or laundry detergent to wash their clothes. This veto takes away these HASA clients’ ability to afford fresh fruit and vegetables to maintain their strength and to purchase over-the counter medicine at the drug store when they have a cold. Affording a telephone and electricity is a struggle and buying stamps to send a letter to loved ones is cost prohibitive. Even simply going to a movie or taking the subway to the park to escape the pressures of life for a few hours is impossible. This is an incredible injustice and it is shameful that New York will allow this to continue.

…There was no valid reason to veto this bill. Time and time again I, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, and so many other elected officials have proven that this legislation is cost-effective for the City and State. Mayor Bloomberg aggressively lobbied against the legislation claiming it would cost the City of New York $16 million dollars. Yet a cost analysis conducted by Shubert Botein Policy Associates projected a savings of over $19 million from prevented housing evictions. Inexplicably, under extreme pressure from Mayor Bloomberg, the Governor decided to ignore this solid evidence and vetoed the bill. HASA clients: The Governor and the Mayor let you down. Your hopes were raised when both the Senate and Assembly passed the legislation in overwhelming numbers. You traveled to Albany week after week, telling your stories and providing hard data time and time again. “We have lost this chance to right this wrong but you have my pledge to continue the fight.”

A BAD and TRAGIC move by Patterson.  That the budget  is more important to than the lives of AIDS/HIV victims.  So very sad and horrible. Surely the money could have been found.   Patterson should be ashamed of himself.

Watch Senator Tom Duanes impassioned 3:00am speech to the New York Senate in 2009 to pass the original bill,  It truly is a speech so worthy that stands up there with Harvey Milk.  Its 22 minutes long but well worth it to watch.

Make no mistake.  This is what a REAL Political Gay Activist is.

The Tea Party Threatens Funding To The AIDS Drug Assistance Program

Lou Chibarro of the Washington Blade is reporting that some longtime supporters of ADAP in Congress are reluctant to approve supplemental funding this year for fear of angering the Tea Party. (For those who don’t know, The AIDS Drug Assistance Program keeps tens of thousands of people alive by providing them with free or low cost HIV medications)

William Arnold, executive director of the National ADAP Working Group, said intense pressure on members of Congress to curtail spending by the so-called Tea Party movement has made it difficult to line up support for an emergency supplemental appropriation measure. This steroid online roids is a convenient addition to any shake so you can put on mass and size. You will not find a mass gainer like this anywhere else on the market.

Arnold and officials with other national AIDS and LGBT organizations say the program is facing a crisis never seen before, where a growing number of low income people with HIV or AIDS may be denied life-saving anti-retroviral drugs in at least 11 states this year because state ADAP affiliates have run out of money. Due to a shortage of funds, the 11 states have been forced to put in place waiting lists for patients who otherwise would have received AIDS medication prescribed by their doctors.

What the Tea party desires here is tantamount to the murder for thousands of HIV+ individuals. (Just like thier idol Ronald Reagan, may he rot in hell) and I personally am well beyond tired of their ignorance, racism, and blatant homphobia on constant display….blathering on about “taking back” their country, their government, etc etc….wishing to re-subjugate, re-enslave, and oppress anyone and everyone who will not bow down at heel to their inbred, hate-filled and discriminatory rhetoric.