And the Band Played On Author:Randy Shilts Subtitle; Politics, People and the Aids Epidemic — Excerpts from And the Band Played On: — December 1980; Beth Israel Medical Center — There were too many coincidences, Dr. Donna Mildvan thought. It's the same thing that killed those two other guys. There's a new disease in homosexual men going around. — December 1981; Los Angeles — "Oh, my God," We... more »isman gasped, "It's true. It had to be a virus. It could be all over the place by now."
April 1982; Los Angeles
Bill Darrow established sexual links between 40 patients in 10 cities. At the center of the cluster was Patient Zero. His role truly was remarkable. At least 40 of the first 248 gay men with AIDS either had sex with Patient Zero or had sex with someone who did.
August 1984;Centers for Disease Control
Don Francis knew enough to draw some depressing conclusions. Gay men were going to die by the tens of thousands. Hemophiliacs faced decimation. Intravenous drug users would be wiped out in astounding numbers. Equatorial Africa faced death on the scale of the Holocaust.« less