HIV in the 1980s: the gay doctor who fought back

Dr David Bradford tells of the prejudice he and his HIV patients faced from within medical profession itself

Dr David Bradford has led a remarkable life. As a gay man and sexual health physician when HIV first arrived in Australia, he cared for hundreds of patients with AIDS, many of whom have not survived. In this extract from his memoir Tell Me I'm OK, he tells of the prejudice he and his patients had to fight within the medical profession itself.

David Bradford

It is rare nowadays for specialists in other disciplines to discriminate against or alter standard treatment for people living with HIV. Back in the ’80s and ’90s it was common.

When HIV