The Most Influential HIV/AIDS Moments in Black History

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  • President Obama Signing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
  • Salt-N-Pepa “Let’s Talk About Sex”
  • Rae Lewis Thornton on the Cover of Essence Magazine
  • TLC and Condom Fashion
  • Eazy-E’s Death
  • Pop Culture's Obsession with the Down-Low
  • HIV Rates Go Down for Black Women, While MSM Rates Go Up
  • Mississippi Baby “Cured” From HIV/AIDS
  • The Past, Present and Future
  • Magic Johnson Coming Out as HIV-Positive

Rae Lewis Thornton on the Cover of Essence Magazine

In 1994, the media was slow to show how AIDS impacted Black America. But that didn’t stop Essence Magazine, who, 20 years ago, put Rae Lewis Thornton on its cover — an all-time first in publishing. That bold move made Black America pay attention to this story of how a well-educated woman with AIDS forever changed the face of this epidemic. 

(Photo: Essence)

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