Archive ID: 2006_13_03

Last part of the interview with the American AIDS activist and founder of Project Inform, Martin Delaney, in 2006. Here he talks about AIDS activism and the different stages of the antiretroviral drug development from AZT to triple combination treatment. He also reflects on the current young generation of gay people in San Francisco and the changes over time in the famous Castro District.

Background material

"Martin Delaney's 'Project Inform' became world known for showing how Internet and digital technology could be used so that people could share their experiences from taking the ARV medication. Delaney was an activist from the early years and his story of how all his friends back in the early 80´s died, one after another, is very tragic. It was a sad period when there was no medication at all. I interviewed him several times for Face of AIDS. Larry Kramer was the angry, aggressive AIDS activist who dared to confront anyone, even the White House, while Martin was a person behind the scenes who negotiated and used other tactics. But they were close allies and worked together with the goal to get more funding for AIDS research and better medication and to decrease stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS." - Staffan Hildebrand