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30 Years; 30 Moments

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, here are some notable moments in the battle against HIV and AIDS in Ireland. Considering the huge amount of work being done by the community, activists, charities and researchers amongst others, the list is obviously far from exhaustive but gives a flavour of the long fight. With thanks to HIV Ireland, ACT UP and Positive Now for advice and images.

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.

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In this super-hot Sex Issue, we are celebrating sex positivity and body positivity, all of the good stuff, basically. In a host of incredible interviews and opinion pieces, the community speaks about the issues that matter to them. The fabulous Evvol talk about showcasing lesbian eroticism in their work, while a special report details the afterparty scene for gay men. We speak to Mary Shannon, the custodian of the Irish Names Quilt, while iconic photographer Wolfgang Tillmans talks about his latest exhibition. In recognition of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we highlight the activists and volunteers of ACT UP and KnowNow and look at key moments in Ireland's battle against the virus. We also speak to people from across the spectrum of varying relationships about why theirs works for them. We think you'll enjoy this one!