Massive San Francisco AIDS Ribbon Marks 30 Years of Epidemic


The San Francisco AIDS Foundation installed a giant AIDS ribbon on Twin Peaks above the city over the weekend to mark 30 years since the beginning of the AIDS crisis.

The SF Chronicle reports:

"It's gone from a death sentence to a chronic disease," said Patrick Carney, who was diagnosed with the AIDS virus in 1987 and who today, at 55 years old, relies on dozens of pills and two injections a day to keep his compromised immune system strong.


Made from 15,000 square feet of plastic tarp and held down by 400 stakes, the symbol should be visible from the East Bay on a clear day. "Like an aging movie star, it's going to look better from a distance," said Carney, who lives in the Tenderloin.

He helped the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the group behind the project, with logistics. For the past 15 years, Carney has worked with volunteers to place a large pink triangle on the same hillside as a mark of gay pride. The triangle stays up for two days a year; the City Hall-sanctioned red ribbon has a monthlong run on Twin Peaks.

SFAF's Facebook page gallery of the installation HERE.

The Washington Post reports that cash-strapped States are cutting back on HIVAIDS funding more than ever:

The result: more than 8,300 people — a record number — are on waiting lists in 13 states to get antiretrovirals and other drugs used to treat HIV and AIDS or the side effects, mental health conditions or opportunistic infections. And that number probably understates the need, say advocates, who note that many states have simply eliminated waiting lists or reduced eligibility.



  1. Bryan says

    “It’s gone from a death sentence to a chronic disease…”

    Sure – a chronic disease which results in my out-of-pocket medical expenses running about $75/day.

    So now I won’t die of fancy HIV-related pneumonia – I’ll just get the garden variety from having to sleep in the street when I can no longer pay the mortgage.

    Isn’t progress wonderful?

  2. QJ201 says

    Ah San Francisco’s split personality. Let’s remember AIDS and let’s be home to some of the raunchiest Bareback Porn studios.

  3. BobN says

    I saw this from a distance the other day and didn’t connect it to AIDS. I thought it was something to do with breast cancer.

    The color looks off to me, but I’m somewhat color-blind, so maybe it’s just me…

  4. Paul R says

    The color looked right to me when I happened to notice it the other day. It is indeed huge!