Researchers exonerate 'Patient Zero' in U.S. AIDS epidemic


To Richard Burns, New York City in the 1980s felt like a war zone.

When he wasn’t caring for friends stricken with AIDS or mourning their death, Burns was protesting in the streets, urging public officials to confront this mysterious disease afflicting the gay community.

“It felt at the time like we were in a war, and the enemy was not only AIDS; the enemy was our own government,” said Burns, who headed New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center from 1986 to 2009.

“You were living with fear and constant dying and caregiving and shell shock,” he told Mashable. “There was a lot of anger and anguish in our community.” Read more…

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