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Media Coverage of AIDS

January 07, 1988

We were shocked there was no mention of my husband, Army Archerd, who had an exclusive scoop by revealing for the first time in his column in Variety the fact that Rock Hudson had AIDS.

The media blitz that followed this revelation was unprecedented. He was contacted by news media all over the world including the Los Angeles Times. Some TV casters literally held Army's column up to the camera.

Intense attention was immediately focused on the AIDS problem as the direct result of the Rock Hudson story. For days, denials were issued, but in the end the truth led the way to bringing AIDS out to the front.

SELMA ARCHERD

Westwood

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