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30 Years; 30 Moments

1981

The first cases of AIDS are detected in California and New York, in 1982, the first two cases of AIDS are diagnosed in Ireland.

1985

Gay Health Action (GHA) is founded. It is the first NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) to campaign specifically on AIDS in Ireland.

1985

That same year, AIDS Action Alliance comes together.

1987

Dublin AIDS Alliance, now known as HIV Ireland, is established. It is made from the constituent groups; AIDS Helpline, Body Positive, Women and AIDS, Cairde and Irish Frontliners.

1987

The National Task Force on AIDS is set up by the Catholic Social Services Conference with representation from community groups, clinicians and the Department of Health.

1988

Tonie Walsh and Catherine Glendon found GCN, a queer community newspaper. It would go on to regularly report on the crisis and feature columns by people living with HIV.

1991

The Mansion House in Dublin plays host to the tour of the Irish Memorial Quilt. The Quilt was made in remembrance of all who lost their lives to the virus.

1992

The Gay Men’s Health Service is established by the Health Board. It will become Ireland’s only dedicated statutory sexual health and wellbeing service for gay and bisexual men who have sex with men and the trans population.

1993

Homosexuality is decriminalised, a huge step forward in allowing queer people to live their lives more openly.

1995

Following years of fear and ignorance on how to deal with those affected, the segregation of prisoners with HIV ceases.

1996

The HIV Services Network (HSN) is established to bring together groups providing HIV related services.

1996

After a hiatus following its initial launch in 1987, Alternative Miss Ireland is relaunched. The annual event would raise hundreds of thousands of euro for community based HIV services.

2000

The National AIDS Strategy is produced recommending broader links to sexual health.

2004

The Irish government are part of the EU Dublin Declaration on Partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe.

2004

Dublin AIDS Alliance in partnership with Concern launch a PositiveYouthVideo on World AIDS Day aimed at increasing HIV awareness amongst young people.

2005

Dublin AIDS Alliance launches DoYou Choose It, a sexual health awareness campaign with posters, flyers and beer mats.

2006

Dublin AIDS Alliance join with IFPA, CPA and USI in running the first ever Durex National Condom Week.

2007

A national Stamp Out Stigma campaign is launched by the government on World AIDS Day to tackle prejudice and discrimination regarding HIV.

2010

Positive Now is formed to give people living with HIV or AIDS a voice within existing government and NGO agencies. The group seeks to improve the well-being and quality of life for people irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation.

2010

A pilot HIV testing service is run in Dublin AIDS Alliance on Irish AIDS Day.

2011

On World AIDS Day, Dublin AIDS Alliance launches Living With HIV: A Self-Help Guide for people living with the virus,

2011

Dublin AIDS Alliance are also involved in the development of the joint GHN/HSE National HIV Prevention Programme for MSM.

2014

Rory O’Neill AKA Panti comes out publicly on a radio show as a person living with HIV, helping to break stigma.

2016

ACT UP Dublin use World AIDS Day to warn that the disease continues to spread. The group, along with their chapters in Cork and Belfast reignite the political and social fight to address Ireland’s HIV crisis and educate people about U=U.

2016

Know Now, a free rapid HIV testing service which visits pubs, clubs, community centres and saunas is launched in a collaborative project between HIV Ireland, GOSHH, Sexual Health Centre and AIDSWest.

2017

Tonie Walsh calls on the Government to fund an Irish AIDS Memorial to honour those who have died.

2017

The High Court clears the way for generic PrEP to be made available in Ireland although it is still not available through the HSE.

2018

Activist Robbie Lawlor appears on RTE show Inside James’ and battles stigma by speaking about U=U and how effective treatment for HIV has transformed his life.

2018

ACT UP Dublin and Masc.life launch the We Are The Solution campaign featuring men living with HIV and highlighting the health and prevention benefits of HIV treatment.

2018

The 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day is celebrated with the theme ‘Know Your Status’

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