actup-announcements-650x223 Announcement Date: January 1, 1987
  • AZT becomes the first drug approved to treat HIV, and the U.S. Congress provides $30 million to help cover costs for those who cannot afford the drug.
  • Congress also passes the Helms Amendment that barred the use of federal dollars to “promote or encourage…homosexual activities,” which prevented the Centers for Disease Control from funding efforts targeting a highly impacted community.
  • ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) forms its first chapter in New York City to mobilize affected communities and supporters to encourage private and public institutions to address HIV/AIDS.

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