San Francisco performed key position in AIDS combat, officers say

San Francisco performed a essential position in combating AIDS in America and world wide, leaders and activists stated Saturday at a ceremony to mark the fortieth anniversary of the primary reported instances of the sickness

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco performed a essential position in combating AIDS in America and world wide, leaders and activists stated Saturday at a ceremony to mark the fortieth anniversary of the primary reported instances of the sickness.

Mayor London Breed and U.S. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the non-public ceremony within the Nationwide AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

When the primary AIDS instances have been reported in 1981, “San Francisco was left on our personal,” Breed stated, “however we did what San Franciscans do finest — we got here collectively. … The system of care developed to assist these fighting HIV/AIDS was developed proper right here in San Francisco. The famend analysis that continues to this very day was established proper right here in our nice metropolis.”

Pelosi, who hosted the primary fundraiser for the now-famous AIDS Quilt, stated the town’s compassionate, persistent and science-based method to the disaster has helped San Francisco and the nation.

Pelosi stated AIDS activism has additionally served as a mannequin for different campaigns, together with the fights in opposition to breast most cancers, for marriage equality and in opposition to the army’s former “don’t ask, don’t inform” coverage that prevented homosexual individuals from brazenly serving, the Chronicle reported.

Joshua Gamson, a member of the Nationwide AIDS Memorial Grove board, famous the coincidence of attending an AIDS memorial whereas the nation is getting by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s odd to be popping out of a pandemic and reflecting on one other,” Gamson stated. “That is my first time within the grove because the pandemic, and I really feel like I’m popping out of a cocoon and into the reminiscences of the AIDS pandemic.”

The ceremony completed with a line of individuals shaped to begin the hours-long ritual of studying the names of the individuals who have died from AIDS.

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