HIV/AIDS: What Can We Learn From America’s Last Epidemic?


From Origin Of Everything.

America’s last major epidemic was the HIV/AIDS crisis of 1980s and 1990s. In order to better understand our current circumstances, Danielle is looking back at the legacies of action and inaction surrounding HIV/AIDS and how the government’s response then informs our approach to COVID-19 now.

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