Faces & Places: World AIDS Day 2022 Memorial Service Reflects on Over 40 Years

Photo by Chad Isaiah.

Hosted by AIDS Free Pittsburgh, Allies for Health + Wellbeing, Central Outreach Wellness Center, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Pitt Men’s Study, QBurgh, Reel Q, and Shepherd Wellness Community hosted the World AIDS Day memorial service on December 1.

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Photos by Chad Isaiah.

The first mention of the coming HIV/AIDS epidemic by any Pittsburgh news media was in the October 1981 issue of Pittsburgh’s Out, Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ newspaper at the time. By May 1983 the epidemic had arrived in Pittsburgh. HIV and AIDS would not be covered by local stations or newspapers until 1986 — by then it was far too late.