Fauci guided US through AIDS crisis, too. Survivors say it’s a roadmap for coronavirus.

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04/18/2020

The slight, bespectacled doctor speaking at a White House briefing on TV revived bleak, 30-year-old memories for Gary Cooper. Dr. Anthony Fauci’s reassuring voice guided Cooper and thousands of gay men worldwide through the terrifying AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Now, as Cooper watches and listens to Fauci issue stark but calm warnings about the threat of the coronavirus, the 74-year-old who has spent the past 35 years living with HIV has at times felt a familiar sort of distress. “The risk of infection is created by what we do, by our actions, not who we are, not our nationality,” Cooper said. “It is spread by our contact.” As COVID-19 ravages the globe, Cooper and gay men in Austin and worldwide who survived the AIDS epidemic have often found themselves reliving the dread and anxiety of a bygone era.

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