Hooking up to social services

I have been discovering more about AIDS activists' work in Canada. I've been struck by the ordinary and extraordinary ways activists worked for change, and worked to extend the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Recently, as a part of the AIDS Activist History Project (AAHP), I wrote a (quick and dirty) blog about the work of scholar-activists George W. Smith and Eric Mykhalovskiy, who examined the ways people living with HIV/AIDS "hooked up" to health and social services. Here's a teaser:

From 1990 to 1993, Toronto-based activists/academics conducted research on the behind-the-scenes work of “hooking up.” They weren’t investigating romantic encounters—nor were they trying to catch people with their pants down.* Instead, they were researching the work that people living with HIV and AIDS do to “hook up” with health and social services.

To check out the piece and to learn more about the AIDS Activist History Project, and to read the related article, click here. Oh, and, while you're at it, check out our Ephemera page to see some of the posters, pamphlets and flyers we've been digging up (like this beauty below).