26 Sep '12, 6pm
Sprudge Supports The LA AIDS Walk @AIDSWalkLA @APLAtweets
In 1985, a national poll showed 72 percent of Americans favored mandatory HIV testing. 51 percent favored quarantine. And 15 percent favored tattoos for those infected with HIV. Confusion and ignorance and fear characterized the American understanding of AIDS; it was at this time that a 14-year-old named Ryan White , diagnosed with AIDS at one year prior, was barred from attending his public school in Indiana. 20,470 cases of AIDS had been reported in the U.S. in 1985, and 8,161 were dead. It was the height of the AIDS epidemic, and motivated by our government’s shameful and negligible response to the crisis, a man named Craig Miller organized the world’s first AIDS Walk in Los Angeles. Miller worked with a brand-new organization called the AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), and projected that around 1,000 supporters total would walk, raising an estimated $100,000. On July 2...