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About bdwardbos

Writer (plays, essays, memoir, blogs), actor (theater, film, TV), teacher, HIV/AIDS educator, cat whisperer

Years of Living Precariously, A&U Magazine, September, 2020 Part V, “In An Instant” – the exact moment I acquired the virus, in Honolulu, August 1984

YOLP V In An Instant That evening in Honolulu progressed as my All-American military hero and I went together to the only after-hours club, near the bars, and only two blocks from where my parents slept in their condo on … Continue reading

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“Not Our First Pandemic”: The View From A Long-Term HIV Survivor, Talkspace Newsletter

Not Our First Pandemic: The View From a Long-Term HIV Survivor byBruce Ward Jun 23, 2020 6 minute read I acquired the virus we now know as HIV in 1984, three years after the first AIDS cases were reported in … Continue reading

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“Years of Living Precariously”, A&U Magazine, chapter 4: Someone Like Me. Coming out, pursuing men, and practicing safer sex, pre-HIV discovery, Honolulu, 1984

Someone Like MePart IV of an Ongoing Chronicle of the First Fifteen Years of the AIDS Pandemicby Bruce Ward In the summer of 1984, I went to stay with my parents in Honolulu. My dad had landed a two-year contract … Continue reading

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“Years of Living Precariously”, A&U magazine. Chapter 3: The Buddy System. Becoming a volunteer “buddy” at GMHC, 1983

Buddy SystemPart III of an Ongoing Chronicle of the First Fifteen Years of the AIDS Pandemicby Bruce Ward The volunteer “buddy” program at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) was in its infancy when I joined in 1983. At its helm … Continue reading

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“Years of Living Precariously”, A&U magazine. Chapter 2: 1,112 and Counting”. Larry Kramer’s call-to-action in 1983 https://aumag.org/2020/06/22/1112-and-counting/

1,112 and CountingPart II of an Ongoing Chronicle of the First Fifteen Years of the AIDS Pandemicby Bruce Ward In 1982, I was working at a mom-and-pop public relations firm that received the three daily New York newspapers: the New York … Continue reading

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“The Years of Living Precariously”, my monthly column in A&U Magazine, chronicling the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Chapter 1: “Last Dance”. Acknowledging my sexuality at end of the disco era, and one year before the first AIDS cases in the U.S. 1980.

Summer 1981. My twenty-second birthday. Midnight. Going to the Anvil, Downtown. The Big Apple! I am a newly minted gay man, exploring this new world, feeling free for the first time in my life, a whole new world opening up … Continue reading

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Announcement as drama editor at A&U magazine, and creating a new monthly series, “The Years of Living Precariously”.

A&U Announces New Drama Editor, Bruce Ward

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An interview with Bruce Ward, on comparisons of the AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics – Rewire magazine

What It’s Like to Be HIV Positive During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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