SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Several prominent civic leaders and activists, many from the Bay Area, honored the hundreds of thousands of Americans who’ve lost their lives to both AIDS and COVID-19 during this year’s World AIDS Day on Tuesday. This year’s event marks 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the U.S. and coincides with a surge with the latest surge in coronavirus cases and deaths. During Tuesday’s virtual event “World AIDS Day – A National Conversation,” put together by the San Francisco-based National AIDS Memorial, speakers drew several parallels from between the two pandemics.So far, some 270,000 American lives have been lost so far due to COVID-19, while the AIDS pandemic has taken as many as 700,000 lives nationwide. ALSO READ: ‘Our Dangerous Winter Has Arrived,’ Breed Warns Of New SF Restrictions, Possible Muni Layoffs “If the AIDS crisis has taught us anything, it has taught us that out of those dark days, a community rose up and out of love, compassion, activism, and resilience, they found hope for a future,” said John Cunningham, executive director of the National AIDS Memorial. “By 1985, almost everyone I know was dead, or dying or caring for… Read full this story
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