AIDS in 1982: Buried in the back pages


August, 1982. Robin Herman, who is currently assistant dean for research communications at HSPH, was then a metro reporter for The New York Times. She was assigned to cover a cluster of cases in New York City of a frightening new disease primarily afflicting homosexual men. When she wrote the word “AIDS” in her article, it was, in retrospect, a landmark moment: the first mention of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome printed by the Times. Herman talks about reporting this important story — and why the Times editors chose to relegate it to the back pages of the Sunday paper. June 6, 2011 (7:39)

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