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50 years in 50 weeks: 1981's AIDS editorial

The Bay Area Reporter first mentioned what became HIV/AIDS about a month after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's notice on June 5, 1981. But that fall, in the paper's September 10 issue, editor Paul Lorch, in a signed editorial titled "The Mystery Maladies," sought to downplay the health scare, even as gay San Franciscans were being diagnosed with Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancer associated with AIDS.
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