THE FIGARO ARCHIVES – 40 years ago, the first cases of a new, unknown pathology were identified. In France, we then speak of “homosexual cancer” or “gay syndrome”.
Boxes and boxes of archives. For 40 years, the documentation service of Figaro compiles articles on AIDS. And before the digital age, we find them in paper format. The diving is breathtaking.
The first articles in the mainstream press do not date from June 1981 when the first cases were identified in the United States. On June 5, doctors at the Atlanta Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported in their review Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, discreet information that was to become the starting point of an epidemic unprecedented in the world by its health, social and scientific repercussions.
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On January 6, 1982, the newspaper Release devotes an article to this “ mysterious cancer Appeared among American homosexuals. There are then more than 160 cases in the United States of which a third has died. These young men presented a pathology combining severe pneumonia (pneumocystis pneumonia) and skin cancer (sarcoma
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