Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Gay Community: Then and Now 1

Fraudci’s career of incompetence.

By Ann Montague, Socialist Action

Today Dr. Fauci is well known as a trusted scientist who is trying to guide the country through a pandemic. All the polls say over 80% of the people in this country see him as the most reliable spokesperson on the COVID 19 Task Force. Gay men and lesbians who were involved in fighting a past epidemic (later a pandemic) knew Dr. Fauci as a more complex figure in their struggle with the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). It is clear that his years of working on HIV/AIDS, and his experience with activists is reflected in how he talks to the nation today. Fauci often refers to the fact that for seven long years there was no virus management for HIV – no drugs, no vaccine, no cure.

Dr Fauci was 34 years old when he started working for the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and ten years later, in 1984 he became their Director of NIAID. He led the national response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

June 5, 1981 he received a Centers For Disease Control (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that listed five gay men in Los Angeles who were generally healthy, but died of a strange pneumonia only previously seen in some cancer patients. One month later he saw an additional 26 cases from San Francisco and New York City. Dr Fauci led the response to this new epidemic. He would later say that previously all his patients had cancer and got better and left the hospital. But then with his HIV patients, they generally all died in just 23 weeks.

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One comment

  1. “…eventually became more of an ally.”

    “There also is agreement that he was never homophobic like the majority of the medical establishment at this time.”

    Is this article supposed to be a criticism or a puff peace?

    The FDA was bad bureaucracy (but we are socialists so there is that)- but Fauci was a company man who eventually became an ally?

    I highly suspect these radical “socialists” turn out to simply be in league Anarcho-Democratic part, per usual.

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