I have been living with HIV for over 22 years, five of which I was unaware I was positive.
Reflecting on my life in 1988 brings back some painful memories: the numbers of deaths from AIDS illnesses was starting to impact on the community and I was starting to fear for my own health.
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.
September 1988. It was when AIDS notifications had risen to 1,000; when 500 people had died; when the stigma of infection had spread its poison wide.
Sydney in the 70s was a cool place to explore your sexuality.