Silence = Death

ACT-UP (HIV/Aids) postcards sent to Jim Curran ACT-UP (HIV/AIDS) postcards sent to Jim Curran

ACT UP postcard mail campaign with an image of Dr. James Curran, Director of CDC’s HIV/AIDS Task Force, sent to Dr. Curran, 1991
Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

 

 

In December 1990, ACT UP took on CDC when it staged a protest outside of the agency’s headquarters. The key issue: expansion of the case definition of AIDS to include infections specific to women and others.  After the CDC protest in Atlanta, ACT UP relentlessly continued its actions, including sending 20,000 graphic postcards to Dr. James Curran, CDC’s HIV/AIDS Task Force Director.  In 1993, once the data supported the change, CDC did expand the case definition of AIDS to reflect the fuller spectrum of the disease.