The 1980s was a peak time for ‘gay’ and ‘community’. They were also the time that we got to understand the HIV epidemic
No one knew what it was, what caused it, or how to deal with it. But it was a guaranteed killer. The first recorded case of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) in Australia was in Sydney in October 1982.
In those days, learning that you had contracted the ‘AIDS virus’ meant getting a death sentence.