AIDS is an everyday experience. The dates on this calendar all relate to the AIDS crisis. Some are globally known; others are drawn from personal experiences.

This online calendar is produced in partnership with Visual AIDS and is an extension of the exhibition “EVERYDAY,” which was curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz and Hugh Ryan in 2016. The exhibition and accompanying print calendar explored the AIDS crisis—historically and currently—through the lens of art and ephemera that examines and evidences daily experiences and practices in response to HIV/AIDS. Artists featured in the “EVERYDAY” exhibition were invited to submit as many dates to the calendar as they desired.

We invite you to reflect upon these dates, and this artwork, in dialogue with one another. We also encourage you to submit dates of your own by clicking here. Submissions may include the date of your diagnosis, the date of the loss of a loved one to AIDS-related illness or a significant milestone in your life with HIV/AIDS.

New submissions will be continually added to the calendar because AIDS is not over.

DECEMBER 1

The first World AIDS Day is observed. It marks the first-ever global health day. (1988)

Visual AIDS launches Day With(out) Art. The annual event was established to make the public aware that AIDS affects everyone. (1989)

With support from United Colors of Benetton, ACT UP Paris slips a giant pink condom over the city’s Luxor Obelisk, located in the center of the Place de la Concorde. (1993)

DECEMBER 2

ACT UP holds its first major fundraiser, an art auction co-chaired by David Hockney and Annie Leibovitz. (1989)

DECEMBER 3

AIDS activists from all over the country return to the CDC in Atlanta to demand the immediate expansion of its narrow definition of AIDS as well as a future policy of updating the list every six months. (1990)

DECEMBER 4

ACT UP/Los Angeles meets for the first time in West Hollywood. (1987)

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DECEMBER 6

FDA approves Invirase (saquinavir) the first protease inhibitor for use in combination with other medications. (1995)

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President Clinton hosts the first White House Conference on HIV/AIDS. (1995)

DECEMBER 7

Angels in America

Angels in America premieres on HBO. Directed by Mike Nichols, the miniseries is based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Tony Kushner. (2003)

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DECEMBER 10

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the first case of AIDS involving an infant who received blood transfusions. (1982)

ACT UP New York holds its controversial “Stop the Church” demonstration outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. In collaboration with Women’s Health Action Mobilization, protesters challenge the Catholic Church’s messaging around HIV/AIDS. (1989)

DECEMBER 11

Canadian sex worker and AIDS activist Danny Cockerline dies of AIDS-related complications. (1995)

DECEMBER 12

Grethe Rask, a Danish physician and surgeon, dies of AIDS-related causes. (1977)

DECEMBER 13

The first national Conference on Women and HIV Infection is held in Washington, DC. (1990)

DECEMBER 14

Jeff Getty, a 38-year-old man living with AIDS in San Francisco, is injected with bone marrow removed from a baboon. The hope is that the transplanted marrow cells, believed to be resistant to HIV, will take root in his severely damaged immune system. (1995)

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DECEMBER 16

Singer Sylvester

Singer Sylvester dies of AIDS-related complications. (1988)

DECEMBER 17

The Latino Commission on AIDS is formed in response to the lack of HIV prevention and care for the Latino community. (1990)

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Ryan White is diagnosed with AIDS. (1984)

DECEMBER 18

The CDC expands the definition of AIDS to include those living with HIV with a CD4 count below 200. (1992)

Congress passes a spending bill that permits states and local communities, under limited circumstances, to use federal funds to support syringe services programs. (2015)

DECEMBER 19

A Los Angeles Times poll finds that a majority of Americans favor quarantining people who have AIDS. (1985)

LJ Roberts protests the censorship of David Wojnarowicz in the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. (2010)

DECEMBER 20

Retail chain H&M announces the launch of the new clothing line Fashion Against AIDS, aimed at spreading global HIV/AIDS awareness among young people. (2007)

DECEMBER 21

Long-term survivor Grahame Perry dies suddenly in his home. (2015)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces it will lift its 30-year ban on all blood donations by men who have sex with men and institute a policy that allows them to donate blood if they have not had sexual contact with another man in the previous 12 months. (2015)

DECEMBER 22

Philadelphia

Philadelphia opens in limited release in the United States. Tom Hanks goes on to win the Academy Award for best actor. (1993)

DECEMBER 23

The Food and Drug Administration approves an oral HIV test, the first non–blood-based antibody test for HIV. (1994)

The journal Science announces the HPTN 052 study —which showed thatHIV treatment also preventedHIV transmission to sexualpartners—as its 2011 Breakthrough of the Year. (2011)

DECEMBER 24

DECEMBER 25

ACT UP sends New York Times’ AIDS reporter Gina Kolata a Christmas card to protest her inadequate AIDS coverage. (1989)

DECEMBER 26

Photographer Herb Ritts dies of AIDS-related complications. (2002)

New Jersey enacts a law that will mandate HIV screening for all pregnant women in the state beginning in 2008. (2007)

Andrew Hunter, Australian sex worker and director of the Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), dies of AIDS-related complications. (2013)

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DECEMBER 29

AIDS-denialist Christine Maggiore dies of AIDS-related complications. (2008)

DECEMBER 30

Time magazine names HIV/AIDS researcher David Ho, MD, its “Man of the Year” for his work on highly active antiretroviral therapy. (1996)

DECEMBER 31

The World Health Organizations estimates 36.7 million people are living with HIV worldwide. (2015)


About the Artwork

Nancer Lemoins, I’ve Seen and Done, 2014, Silkscreen poster

I did this image as part of an ongoing series about homeless women. I talked with women on the streets and drew their portraits, and put those together with quotes. I was particularly moved by what this woman said because it rang so true. We ignore older and marginalized women at a great loss. —Nancer Lemoins

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications—while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. Visual AIDS is committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.