The intent of this thesis is to explore writing during the start of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. States. This time period encompasses the early 1980s to mid-1990s before Protease Inhibitors were FDA approved which was the medical breakthrough drug that helped turn an HIV diagnosis from a death sentence to a chronic condition. This thesis will be an examination of three themes: “Gay White Cis Male Experience of HIV/AIDS”,” Marginalized Identity Experience of HIV/AIDS” and an exploration of two plays written during the height of the AIDS epidemic that were later turned into HBO productions: The Normal Heart and Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes when AIDS was more widely featured in the media. The introductory and concluding paragraphs include details on how my life has been impacted by the those that lived, wrote, fought, and died, during the height of the epidemic.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Willis, Julian J., "Before They Could Be Saved: AIDS Voices before Protease Inhibitors" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1472.