WBAI Evening News
- 12/01/2016 by Linda Perry (WBAI News)

Dr. Mary Bassett gives thanks to AIDS Activists helping community members at the dedication of the new AIDS Memorial in Lower Manhattan, December 1, 2016, World AIDS Day.
—Today is World Aids Day—a day where one honors caregivers, the lives lost and renews the fight against the epidemic.

Back in the 70s and early 80s, it was all too common to lose a close friend or loved one to AIDS.. In NYC more than 100,000 people died of AIDS. The city was the epicentre of the AIDS crisis - but also at the forefront of the fight aginst AIDS. It's where ACT UP and the Gay Mens Health Crisis started, where the earliest trials began and NY was the first state to create a centralized response to the epidemic. In NY, at the peak of the epidemic there were 15,000 new HIV infections 10,000 AIDS deaths and 500 babies born with AIDS each year.

That has changed. No new babies have been born with HIV in the last fifteen months, but more needs to be done. Please click on the link to hear our report which celebrates gains and looks to the future.

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