Presented during the 2nd National AIDS Forum at the 5th National Lesbian and Gay Health Conference, held in Denver, in June 1983, a statement from the Advisory Committee of People With AIDS begins with this declaration: “We condemn attempts to label us as ‘victims,’ a term which implies defeat, and we are only occasionally ‘patients,’ a term which implies passivity, helplessness and dependence upon the care of others. We are ‘People With AIDS.’” Now known as The Denver Principles, the document details the rights and responsibilities of people with AIDS. Go to for more.