Invited blog post - AIDS Activist History Project

I’ve asked questions for ten-fifteen years maybe … when they give you your medication they give you a set-dose, but it’s not based on your body weight. It’s not based on your sex. And it’s not even really based on your family history. So, you could be 800 pounds and they would give you two pills. You could be a toothpick of 80 pounds and they’d give you two pills. So, you would think that those two pills are going to have a much stronger effect on the toothpick person than someone who’s like really heavy, and then, likewise, a man versus a woman

Taken from an AIDS Activist History Project interview, Simon Thwaites, an AIDS activist, describes treatment options for people living with HIV. As he puts it, “when they give you your medication they give you a set-dose.” It’s not based on your body weight, your sex or your family history. And, Simon has been asking questions for ten-fifteen years. Working alongside him (and right in the thick of it), AIDS activists across Canada have been asking questions and pushing for change for decades.

Captivated by their work, the AIDS Activist History Project has been exploring the social history of AIDS activism. Spearheaded by Gary Kinsman and Alexis Shotwell, we have been learning from activists across Canada, including in Halifax/Nova Scotia, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. I am honoured to be a part of the project, and honoured to invite you to check out our (ever-growing) collection of interviews, videos, emphemera, blogs, and memorials.