Living With Aids - Britain's Battle

Twenty-five years after the first recorded case of Aids, Paul Gambaccini takes a look at the social impact of the disease in the UK.



Doctors and campaigners recall the terror associated with the first diagnosed cases, as well as the popular myths about how the disease was spread, and politicians talk about the government's emergency response which sought to educate the public about safe sex.

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Paul Gambaccini's social history of AIDS in the UK recalls those lost to the disease, including celebrities such as Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett.

With the development of more effective drug therapies, survivors describe the difficulties of readjusting to a new life expectancy, having made no emotional or financial provision for staying alive.