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50 years in 50 weeks: 1994, Pedro got real

50 years in 50 weeks: 1994, Pedro got real

By Jim Provenzano

1994 was a big year for LGBT arts. But perhaps the brightest —yet sadly briefest— star to shine was Pedro Zamora in Season 3 of MTV's 'The Real World,' set in San Francisco.

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By Brian Bromberger | September 7, 2021

As he himself says in the new documentary made about him by National Geographic films, Dr. Anthony Fauci, known mostly for his work in the AIDS and COVID pandemics, "I represent the truth which makes people uncomfortable."

By Liz Highleyman | September 1, 2021

An experimental vaccine from Johnson & Johnson that uses an approach similar to its COVID-19 vaccine did not adequately protect women from acquiring HIV in a large trial in Africa, the company announced August 31.


By Matthew S. Bajko | July 28, 2021

San Francisco officials allocated $2.6 million for local HIV programs over the next two years in the fiscal budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that advocates had been seeking.

By John Ferrannini | July 28, 2021

HIV advocates are concerned that upcoming changes to Gilead Sciences Inc.'s Advancing Access program mean that there will be less money available to local providers for related virus prevention.


By Jim Provenzano | July 25, 2021

In the fourth edition of the Bay Area Reporter's monthly online chats celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication, writers John F. Karr and Cornelius Washington will discuss the history of sexuality in the publication in an Aug. 5 online chat.

By Jim Provenzano | July 22, 2021

Determined to pick some prominent arts event from 1986's Bay Area Reporter issues, what stuck out more prominently was the high number of phone sex ads.


By John Ferrannini | July 21, 2021

The Biden administration is directing insurance companies to offer PrEP without copays or deductibles.

By Mark William Norby | July 20, 2021

In Michael Lowenthal's fifth book, Sex with Strangers, the writer steps out of the novel and delivers a fiery collection of eight stories coursing through queer and straight lives.


By Chris Johnson, Washington Blade | July 15, 2021

Dozens of summer tourists who were among those visiting the gay resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts over the weekend came back with more than beach memories and a tan: They tested positive for COVID-19 — even though they were fully vaccinated.

By Jim Piechota | July 13, 2021

In this honest and poignant remembrance of the years before, during, and after the scourge of AIDS, celebrated designer, photographer, and artist Derek Frost escorts readers into the dark, devastating heart of the 1980s and beyond.


By Jim Provenzano | June 27, 2021

'B.A.R. Talks 3: AIDS/HIV in Print,' the third of the Bay Area Reporter's monthly 50th anniversary online panels, will feature Liz Highleyman, Tom Burtch and Guy Clark, who will discuss the paper's decades of covering the AIDS pandemic, online July 1.

By John Ferrannini | June 23, 2021

Patrons showing up to take a dip in the hot tub or sweat in the saunas of Steamworks Baths in Berkeley last weekend may have seen something they haven't witnessed in a while — long lines of men stretching out the door.


By John Ferrannini | June 23, 2021

In the past two decades, Claudia Cabrera has gone from a client of Instituto Familiar de la Raza — new to the city and indeed to the country — to director of the institute's HIV prevention, education, and support program.

By Matthew S. Bajko | June 16, 2021

San Francisco aims to increase by 30% within the next five years the number of rental subsidies dedicated to people living with HIV and AIDS.


By BAR staff | June 16, 2021

The Bay Area Reporter first mentioned what became HIV/AIDS about a month after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's notice on June 5, 1981.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | June 7, 2021

People gathered at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park June 5 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first reported AIDS cases and to solemnly view portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and remember those lives lost.


By BAR Editorial Board | June 2, 2021

It was scary. On June 5, 1981, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report noted five cases of pneumocystis pneumonia among previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles.

By Matt Sharp | June 2, 2021

Oaklawn, Dallas, 1984. Back then, I stopped into the Crossroads Market about once a week to pick up the latest issue of the New York Native, a gay political newsprint magazine where I could get the very latest information about AIDS.


By Cynthia Laird | June 2, 2021

As the country prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of the first cases of what is now known as AIDS in the U.S., the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco will open to the public for what organizers said would be a moving tribute.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | June 2, 2021

On July 3, 1981, the headline "Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals" appeared in the New York Times.


By John-Manuel Andriote | June 2, 2021

Like every gay man paying attention at the time, I heard about the "new disease" afflicting gay men not long after it was first reported in 1981.

By Matthew S. Bajko | June 2, 2021

Nine new affordable housing developments coming to San Francisco are expected to provide at least 50 rental units for people living with HIV.


By John Ferrannini | June 2, 2021

As the city and the LGBTQ community commemorate four decades since the first reported cases of what became known as HIV/AIDS, Maitri Compassionate Care in San Francisco's Duboce Triangle neighborhood is set to become the home of a new mural.

By Liz Highleyman | June 2, 2021

On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published the first report on AIDS.


By John Ferrannini | June 2, 2021

As the Bay Area emerges from one health crisis, medical professionals are increasingly confident it can rise from another.

By John Ferrannini | June 2, 2021

Bay Area gay sex venues are welcoming back patrons as the region reopens up after over a year of lockdowns due to the COVID pandemic.


By Liz Highleyman | May 28, 2021

New data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that new HIV infections fell by 8% between 2015 and 2019, largely thanks to a decline among young gay and bisexual men.

By Jim Provenzano | May 11, 2021

In the lengthy 'Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993,' author Sarah Schulman documents and analyzes the ideals, actions, successes and failures of the people who made up the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power.


By Jim Provenzano | May 2, 2021

The late playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer's 'The Normal Heart' presented a scathing critique of complacency and concern in the early years of the AIDS pandemic. An online staged reading on May 8 will benefit The One Archives in Los Angeles.

By Liz Highleyman | April 21, 2021

Transgender women in the United States need better access to HIV prevention and treatment services, according to a new survey from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released ahead of National Transgender HIV Testing Day April 18.


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