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We hope Covid-19 will lead to a better world. But those who remember the Aids crisis are less sure

There are crucial differences between the two viruses. But for the thousands of people who lived through the height of the AIDS epidemic, Covid-19 has brought back memories —and anger at government incompetence

By Katharine Swindells  

The activist group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) protests the federal government's inaction in finding a cure for AIDS and support for victims of the disease in this file photo from August 1990. (Photo by Frances M. Roberts)

Colin Clews woke up one day in March with a cough and immediately started worrying that it was the coronavirus. It was a false alarm, but his fear triggered something awfully familiar. “You ask yourself—if I’ve got the virus where would I have got it from?” Clews said…

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