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Profiles

Michael Palm’s foundation awards a $2.5 million capital gift to Gay Men’s Health Crisis to establish the organization’s headquarters in New York.

David Springer, while working with Lambda, represents Jamie Nabozny, a Wisconsin man who sued his high school district for its negligence during anti-gay harassment.

David Brudnoy receives an honorary doctorate from Emerson College. Later that year, he publishes his memoir “Life is Not a Rehearsal.”

Derek Anson Jones is awarded the NEA/TCG Direct­ing Fel­low­ship.

USA

Bill Clinton is re-elected President.

AIDS

AIDS is no longer the leading cause of death among all Americans, ages 25-44.  For the first time, however, researchers report a larger proportion of AIDS cases among African Americans than among whites.

The FDA approves the first home test for HIV.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt, displayed in its entirety, covers the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Dr. David Ho, a pioneer in aggressive AIDS treatment techniques, is names Time’s “Man of the Year.”

The number of Americans dying annually from AIDS-related illnesses declines substantially due to new “combination therapies” that allow AZT to treat AIDS in tandem with other drugs.

A years-long clinical study reveals that needle exchange programs can reduce HIV infection rates by up to two thirds.

By year’s end, a total of 581,429 cases and 362,004 deaths have been reported in the United States.

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