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.


ACT UP mounts a nine day protest focusing on drug use, homophobia, issues relating to people of color and women, testing programs, prison programs and HIV-positive children. (1988)


First AIDS Candelight March, Fighting for our Lives, held in San Francisco and New York. (1983)


Activists go to Albany to HIT THE DOCS (Department of Correctional Services), and demand medical treatment for prisoners with AIDS, declaring that “Living with AIDS in prison is cruel and unusual punishment.” (1991)


Eva Hayward begins 5 years of chemotherapy. (2009)




World AIDS Oprhans Day


Joyce McDonald named Mother of the Year at The Church of the Open Door. (2016)


Vito Russo gives “Why We Fight” speech at ACT UP demonstration in Albany, NY (1988)

Kaposi’s Sarcoma (KS) Research and Education Foundation formed, ultimately becomes San Francisco AIDS Foundation. (1982)

MAY 10

Paul Chisholm born. (1983)

MAY 11


MAY 12


MAY 13

Avram Finkelstein speaks as part of “Perform the Change You Want to See in the World.” (2009)

Joyce McDonald’s second daughter born.

MAY 14

MAY 15

Robert Rayford, a 15-year-old African-American teenager, dies, later believed to be the earliest case of HIV/AIDS in North America (1969)

Nancer Lemoins wakes up after three months in a coma. (2007)

MAY 16

Dudley Saunders performs In These Boxes at Dreamland, Louisville, KY. (2014)

MAY 17


MAY 18

U.S. Congress passes first bill that includes funding specifically targeted for AIDS research and treatment. (1983)

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

Lawrence Mass, for the New York Native, is the first journalist to write about AIDS. (1981)

MAY 19

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

MAY 20

Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi reports discovery of a retrovirus called Lymphadenopathy Associated Virus that could be the cause of AIDS. (1983)

Long-term survivor Albert J. Winn dies. (2014)

MAY 21

Storm the NIH—ACT UP protests at the National Institutes of Health, demanding more HIV treatments and clinical trials for women and people of color. (1990)

Peggy Frank’s soulmate dies in work accident. (1997)

MAY 22

darkroom danny attends his first support group. (2014)

MAY 23

MAY 24

Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin appears in the San Francisco Chronicle. (1976)

MAY 25

MAY 26

Justin B. Terry-Smith diagnosed HIV positive. (2006)

U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop mails 107 million copies of a booklet, Understanding AIDS, to all American households. (1988)

MAY 27

Justin B. Terry-Smith’s YouTube channel, Justin’s HIV Journal, is created. (2008)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration licenses a rapid HIV diagnostic test kit, giving results from blood tests in 10 minutes. (1992)

MAY 28

MAY 29


MAY 30

Long-term survivor Barton Lidice Beneš dies. (2012)

Art AIDS WORK Conference, co-presented by Visual AIDS. (2008)

MAY 31

Justin B. Terry-Smith receives AA in Communications. (2009)

Undetectable exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens at La MaMa Galleria. (2012)

About the Artwork

Chloe Dzubilo & T De Long,Untitled (Medical Alert Necklace), 2009, Handmade pills (polymer clay, acrylic paint) on metallic cord with gold clasp

Assembled as a piece of medical alert jewelry to identify the daily medication that Chloe was taking, the beads were made to resemble relics of a long term survivor’s past. For a caretaker, this was a quick recognition tool to reduce the error of drug interaction, specifically in a hospital emergency situation in which this information is not available.

—T De Long

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.