Elizabeth Taylor's inner beauty eclipsed her outer beauty. The Grand Dame's outspoken support in raising funds and awareness for the AIDS cause in the early 1980s was controversial. She used her celebrity to take the issue of HIV/AIDS to the mainstream media, and helped to form the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985 when she joined up with Dr. Mathilde Krim and a small group of physicians and scientists.
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TORONTO Diana – who helped reduce the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS when she was photographed shaking hands with a patient in 1987 – remained active in the fight against the disease. Here, she talks with AIDS patient Wayne Taylor at the Casey House AIDS hospice in 1991.
Elizabeth Taylor was one of the first public personalities to speak out for HIV/AIDS funding & causes. She did so at a time when few acknowledged the disease. In 1984 she organized & hosted the first AIDS fundraiser, to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. In 1985 she mourned the death of longtime friend & former co-star Rock Hudson. That year she cofounded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). In her lifetime she helped raise over a quarter billion dollars for the cause.
Primary school students present red ribbons during an event on the eve of the World AIDS Day in Wuyuan, in southern China's Jiangxi province, Nov. 30, 2011. China will have about 780,000 people infected with the AIDS virus by the end of this year, state media reports, with most having contracted it through heterosexual sex. (Associated Press)