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Patient Zero Speaks in Never Before Seen Footage

AIDS Vancouver releases video and questions origin of the "Patient Zero" theory popularized in Randy Shilts's And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic.

July 10 2013 - As part of The 30 30 Campaign, which celebrates the organization's 30th anniversary, AIDS Vancouver released previously unseen footage of GaŽtan Dugas, commonly known as "Patient Zero" of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The footage shows Dugas speaking at the first AIDS Information Forum in March 1984 at Vancouver's Westend Community Centre, asking difficult questions of some of the world's top experts sitting on the forum's panel. "So you shouldn't fear someone who has AIDS, or have symptoms of AIDS," Dugas says in the video, leading up to a question on AIDS testing at the time. "It seems like there's kind of a [fear] towards those people here."

Read Full Article: http://www.hivplusmag.com/case-studies/activism/2013/07/10/patient-zero-speaks-never-seen-footage


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