40 Years Ago Today In The NY Times

Headline in the New York Times on July 3, 1981 - first mention of what would become the AIDS epidemic

Forty years ago today, the New York Times published its first report on a “rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals” – the first mention of what would become the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

According to the author of the piece, Lawrence K. Altman, “gay” wasn’t yet approved by the Times‘ style manual.

The cancer was Kaposi’s sarcoma, and until then it had seldom been seen in otherwise healthy young men.

We all know what happened next…

(h/t Boy Culture)