Heroes in the Fight: Meet Peter
June 18, 2014 - Peter Staley never meant to become an activist-but be glad he did. Because of early AIDS activists like him, scientists were driven to develop life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs, and clinical trials and drug approvals were streamlined to get new treatments in the hands of those who need them most. And in exam rooms across the country, people learned to advocate for their own health and well-being.
Thanks to Staley and fellow members of the early activist group AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, the relationship between doctor and patient was forever changed. "Patient advocacy was born in ACT UP," Staley says. "People really don't remember that there was such a divide between the 'ivory tower' and the white lab coats, and those who suffered-the patients. AIDS activism changed all that."
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