File of loose papers about 3 cm thick.
4 Sep 1983 Los Angeles Times, Back Out of the Closet
18 May [no year ?1983]Glasgow Herald Researchers
isolate virus—in homosexual disease hunt. Paris,
RESEARCHERS at the Pasteur Institute working on AIDS,
the so called homosexual disease that has hit the United States
and recently appeared in France, have isolated a virus they say
could be linked with the disease.
... So far, 541 people out of
1410 recorded cases in the US have died. In France, 15 people out
of 15 cases have died, according to the research team. ...
[no day] Sep 1983 The Body Politic Aids as Metaphor
by Bryan Teixeira (Vancouver social worker and theologian
currently working towards his PhD in philosophy.
the Middle Ages, the leper was a social text in which corruption
was made visible: ... an emblem of decay. Nothing is more punitive
than to give disease a meaning — that meaning being
invariably a moralistic one. Any important disease whose causality
is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be
awash in significance. Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor,
1979 "an intriguing little book."
summarises the stigma, cost of treatment, the causative
... It must be clear from the above that AIDS
is not a "gay disease". It is most likely a virus that
spreads by the sharing of blood-based secretions, whether sexually
of via blood and blood products.
31 Oct 1983 The Scotsman p2, 50pc rise in number of
AIDS victims The number of cases of AIDS reported in Britain
jumped by 50 per cent, from 16 to 24, in September, the Public
Health Laboratory report in the British Medical Journal.
Aids Action Group: A.I.D.S. Media Report, Number 8
by the Hall-Carpenter Archives, February 1984. A consolidated list
of references, to September 1983, is now available, with 400
SCOTLAND: FIRST CASE--
19 Feb. : NotW [News of the World ]
'AIDS death mystery'. Non-gay man 47, first death in Scotland,
at Glasgow's Western Infirmary, where he had been treated
for four months.
18 Feb. : Sm [The Scotsman] 'AIDS death puzzles doctors' and
WM [Western Mail, Cardiff] 'AIDS victim dies'. Quote Dr.
Stephen BALL of Glasgow's W.I.: "As a public health question
in this country, it doesn't exist," going on to imply that his
may have been one of those sporadic cases which meet the
official AIDS definition without being related to the principal outbreaks.
17 Feb. 1984, Daily Record p19 "MYSTERY OVER VICTIM
OF GAY PLAGUE" by TOM GRANT.
The killer disease AIDS—known
as the Gay Plague—has claimed its first victim in Scotland.
But the 47-year old mans was NOT a homosexual. ... At least 14
cases have been reported in England but until not there had been
no diagnosed cases in Scotland. ...The man who died had returned
to Scotland after spending years in East Africa.
7 November, 1985 Letter from Michael Sabin, New York, whose
friend Sean died on 7 Sept, 1985 "He was only 25 years old. I
think that he was the bravest person I have ever known. He
fought hard to stay and I fought with great courage. He survived
PCP, Kaposi's sarcoma, herpes, cytomegalovirus infections
in the colon
and retina, and mycobacterium (avian TB) intercelluare for
14 months." The first letter to SHRG (8 Aug 1985)was asking
about trials of drugs being carried out in Scotland. Drs. A.
McMillan, Ivan Tait & others replied basically saying no trials
were taking place in Scotland
11 Nov 1985 SHRG - from the General Secretary.
"OF CHARITY, YOU ARE ASKED TO REMEMBER
IN YOUR PRAYERS
SEAN M. CUNNINGHAM (AGED 25)
WHO DIED OF
OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS AS A RESULT OF A. I. D. S.
IN NEW YORK
CITY, 23 SEPETEMBER.
PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER HIS SURVIVING
PARTNER, MICHAEL SABIN,
WITH ALL THOSE SUFFERING, WHO HAVE
DIED, WHO HAVE CONTRACTED
A. I. D. S. AND THEIR LOVED ONES.
"Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord, And
Everlasting Shire Upon Them."
R. I. P.
Jim McManus, Secretary
1 Dec 1985 SHRG from National
The following motion was passed unanimously as an
Emergency Motion at the Forum of this organisation on Saturday 30
November 1985 in Glasgow.
1. SHRG recognises the work of
Scottish Aids Monitor.
2 ... more government funding for
3... more funds for those working with
individuals who are HTLVIII seropositive and persons with AIDS.
30 Jan 1986 Letter from Strathclyde Regional Council Jim Black,
Senior Social Worker to Colleagues
RE: 'AIDS' TELEPHONE
HELPLINE SERVICE. ...After meeting with people from the three main
client groups (Haemophiliacs, Gays and Drug Community) it was
suggested that consideration be given to the idea of starting the
above service. ... open meeting for 27 Feb. 1986 in Strathclyde
... The Scottish AIDS Monitor Group have been
informed by the SHHD that they will be given increased funding ...
to expand work with AIDS and seropositive clients... Hoped they
will provide financial backing for helpline.
27 Feb. 1986 Agenda for meeting — speakers Dermot
Kennedy, Derek Ogg, Jim Black in Chair.
3 Jul. 1986 Seminar on Aids held by Greater Glasgow Health
Board — speakers Drs. Dermot Kennedy, Campbell Love,
Somerville, Pettigrew (Sick Children's Hospital)., Mr Jim Black,
Dr. M. Dow (Principal Clinical Psychologist)
AIDS The Facts — Published by Scottish AIDS Monitor [leaflet]
WHAT IS AIDS — ... condition which causes the body's natural
defences against the disease to become so weak that the sufferer
becomes victim to various infections inclusive of pneumonia and
... most prevalent in US ... at least 2,500 reported
cases of which 1,700 have been in New York State of California.
Outside of the US AIDS cases have been reported in 21 other
counties but only a total of 156 cases are officially reported in
all those countries.
So far in the US 41% of those having AIDS
have died (1,072). ...
In US 70% of victims of AIDS are
homosexual males. Other high risk groups include Haitians (4.9%)
intravenous drug abusers (17%) and haemophiliacs (0.6%).
In the United Kingdom as at February 1984, there ave been 33
reported cases of AIDS of whom 25 are gay males. There are
no reported or suspected AIDS cases in Scotland as at 1 February,
1984, 18 of the British cases have now died.
SCOTLAND'S FIRST AIDS DEATH REPORTED — A 47 year
old Glasgow male ... not homosexual of a member of any high risk
group. He had lived for a number of years in Africa. Medical
authorities are on record as saying that this was an extremely
rare case and that the homosexual community in Scotland have no
cause for alarm.
UPDATE — U.K. AIDS Victims now total 38
with 21 deaths.
17 August [no year?1986] Poster — AIDS and the MEDIA a
Discussion (at Lesbian and Gay Centre, Edinburgh)
Dunn (Gay Scotland Magazine)
Panel: Nicholas de Jongh (Guardian
Alison Keiller (Community Drugs Project)
Castle (The Event Group)
Will Mallinson (Scottish AIDS
For information contact Event Group or Elizabeth
45 rpm record "Give a Helping Hand" [dated] Nov? 85
Rick Latham — drums percussions &
Side A - Give a helping hand
Side B — The
saddest and loneliest world.
Produced on Copenhagen.
ACT-UP, Edinburgh "After 10 years — 1 person
infected every minute, 4 AIDS deaths a day in Britain ... WE
DEMAND TO KNOW WHAT HE GOVERNMENT THINKS IT IS DOINGS WHEN THERE
ARE 4 AIDS DEATHS A DAY AND A POSSIBLE 50,000 PEOPLE INFECTED WITH
HIV IN BRITAIN.
... demonstration outside Scottish Office 1
June [no year ?1991]
10 Dec 1992 Capital Gay
Sunday Times slams 'vulgar carnival'
in attack on campaigner
MEP AND veteran gay rights campainer
Janey Buchan has issued an impassioned plea to The Sunday Times
to stop arguing that HIV does not cause AIDS and the that the
disease is a myth in Africa. In response, the paper launched a
savage attack on both Buchan and the concept of World AIDS Day.
In an open question to Sunday Times owner Rupert
Murdoch, editor Andrew Neil and science correspondent Neville
Hodgkinson, Buchan, the Labour MEP for Glasgow and honorary
president of the lesbian, gay and bisexual organisation Outright
Scotland, demanded "Why are you doing this? Why are you not
allowing the majority view — the well-researched and well
debated view — at least occasionally a fair shout?"
Scottish AIDS Monitor (SAM) Annual Report 1991/92
Scottish AIDS Monitor is Scotland's national HIV
charity. Since 1983, we have been combating the HIV problem in
Scotland by providing preventative HIV education and by offering
emotional and practical support to people with HIV and those close
to them. SAM is supported by a professional staff team, numerous
consultants, and 250 volunteers deploying services based in
Lothian, Strathclyde, Tayside and Highlands. SAM is a large agency
which nonetheless stresses the personal approach, the practical
solution, and the primacy of the individual.
SAM is core funded
by the Scottish Office Section 16 grand, with additional funding
for locally based projects being provided by Health Board and
Social Work sources. Shortfall to cover projected expenditure is
made up from public fundraising, including the Hardship Fund for
people with HIV, which currently distributes more than £20,000
per year in individual grants to people experiencing financial
difficulty in their illness.
In its nine years of existence,
SAM has grown from a small group of concerned individuals to a
large and respected agency in the field of HIV and AIDS. A measure
of the account that is taken of SAM's experience and expertise can
be gained from the fact that SAM's Director was one of the two
voluntary sector representative invited to join the Secretary of
State AIDS Task Force, which produced its report and
recommendations in 1992.
THE SAM PHILOSOPHY
levels, SAM aims to empower people with HIV disease to take the
lead in making informed choices about their lives. Our approach to
direct service provision is client-led, and counseling and
befriending is offered on a non-directive, non-judgemental basis.
SAM's philosophy in the fields of prevention is bases on a harm
reduction principle; we do not, for instance, believe that
abstinence to be a realistic choice for most people in protecting
themselves from HIV, and our work with drug users is aimed
primarily at encouraging safer injecting and alternatives to
Training and Support
This year could be seen as one
of steady development. National development continued with the
production of training materials such as the Buddy Training
Manual and guides to Family Support Groups, Counseling Drug
Users, and Women and Contraception. The number of SAM
internal training videos increased with topics covering
heterosexual HIV spread, and violence within relationships. The
system of facilitation was further refined and SAM's National
Facilitators meeting highlighted not merely their need for support
but the need to try co-facilitation, facilitators have time out,
and looking towards ending their work.