Archive ID: 2006_3_03

This is the third part of the interview with Dr Anthony Fauci. Here he talks about the American AIDS movement in the early 80's with activists such as the writer Larry Kramer in the frontline, and the time when he invited the leading activists up to his office. He also discusses stigma, homophobia and the historical background of the gay liberation movement.

Background material

"Dr Anthony Fauci, born 1940, came to the National Institutes of Health in 1968 as a clinical associate. At the NIH he has led the Institute of Allergy and Infectous Diseases (NIAID) since 1984. Fauci reacted immediatelly when the first CDC report was published on the first five young gay men who were dying of a mysterious new disease in Los Angeles. When gradually more cases were registered in the weeks to come, he gathered a special team to adress the new disease. He has since 1984 been the leader of the US AIDS research and is an extremely important bridge between science, government and AIDS activism. His work has resulted in billions of dollars from the US government to be channeled into AIDS research. This one and a half hour long in-depth interview took place in his home in Georgetown and is about his involvement in and views on the HIV/AIDS history." - Staffan Hildebrand