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When Avram Finkelstein decided to organize a small group of friends to talk about issues relating to HIV after his boyfriend died of AIDS, he never imagined it would lead to the creation of the most iconic slogan of the AIDS movement, “Silence=Death.”

When Avram Finkelstein decided to organize a small group of friends to talk about issues relating to HIV after his boyfriend died of AIDS, he never imagined it would lead to the creation of the most iconic slogan of the AIDS movement, “Silence=Death.

1989.  A member of Act Up/NY holds up a sign at the open hearings on new HIV/AIDS drugs in Bethesda, MD. About 43 members of the organization participated in the silent protest. (Photo by Patsy Lynch)

A member of Act Up/NY holds up a sign at the open hearings on new HIV/AIDS drugs in Bethesda, MD. About 43 members of the organization participated in the silent protest. (Photo by Patsy Lynch) [the same can be said about everything else, not just HIV]

Dr Peter Jepson-Young, whose moving day-by-day video diary during the early days of the AIDS crisis helped to combat stigma and misunderstanding. Watch at http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/drpeter/

HIV care transformed by Dr. Peter’s legacy

Elizabeth Taylor wearing aids ribbon - using her celebrity to campaign for aids research

Elizabeth Taylor, 79, noted actress, dies

Elizabeth Taylor was early and tireless HIV/AIDS advocate

Visual AIDS fought early major battles against the virus with its “Day Without Art” and the Red Ribbon. Twenty-five years later, it continues to arm HIV-positive artists.

Visual AIDS fought early major battles against the virus with its “Day Without Art” and the Red Ribbon. Twenty-five years later, it continues to arm HIV-positive artists.

Sabrina Heard fights HIV with her personal experience. A recovered addict who’s been living with HIV for more than two decades, Heard emerged from years of denial and learned how to care for herself with the help of the Women’s Collective, a small social services agency for women with HIV in Washington, DC.

Almost 1 million Americans living with the HIV virus remain untreated for HIV even with lifesaving treatment.

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is a French virologist who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (along with her former mentor Luc Montagnier) for her role in the discovery of #HIV in 1983.

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is a French virologist who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (along with her former mentor Luc Montagnier) for her role in the discovery of in

A poster at an exhibition featuring the work of the AIDS activist art collective Gran Fury is on display at the 80WSE Gallery in New York City .

A poster at an exhibition featuring the work of the AIDS activist art collective Gran Fury is on display at the Gallery in New York City .

Hydeia Broadbent, HIV/AIDS activist. She is considered a pioneer as the 1st African-American youth to speak out about the epidemic. At birth, she was abandoned and later adopted as an infant by Patricia and Loren Broadbent. Although her HIV condition was congenital, she was not diagnosed HIV+ with advancement to AIDS until age 3, with a prognosis was that she would not live past 5. She began her debut as an HIV/AIDS activist and public speaker at age 6. She will turn 29 years old come June.

Hydeia Broadbent, HIV/AIDS Activist and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. since July 2012

Op-ed: Why We Continue to AIDS Walk | Advocate.com

In the fight against HIV and AIDS, the LGBT community must continue to march forward.

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