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The Devastating Photo That Changed How People Perceive AIDS

A photojournalist helped people understand HIV/AIDS

David Kirby surrounded by his family; Source: Rare Historical Photos

In November 1990, LIFE Magazine published a photo of David Kirby, a young man who had died prematurely from HIV/AIDS. As Kirby drew his last breath, he was surrounded by his grieving family. This image was taken by Therese Frare and it was titled “the picture that changed the

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