New York Times, July 3, 1981

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The New York Times prints the first story of a rare pneumonia and skin cancer found in 41 gay men in New York and California. The CDC initially refers to the disease as GRID, Gay Related Immune Deficiency Disorder.

The article appears the day before the 4th of July, the inside column of page A20. The rest of the page was an ad for Independence Savings Bank, playing up the Independence Day angle.

When the symptoms are found outside the gay community, Bruce Voeller, biologist and founder of the National Gay Task Force, successfully lobbies to change the name of the disease to AIDS.


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