CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update Reagan Urges Compassion for AIDS Victims
Ryan, Dollie F.
January 30, 1990
United Press International (01/30/90)
Los Angeles--Former President Ronald Reagan will appear on television
Monday to make an appeal for compassion for AIDS patients, something he
never did from the White House. In Reagan's 30-second public service
announcement, produced for the Los Angeles-based Pediatric AIDS
Foundation, he says, "I'm not asking you to send money. I'm asking for
something more important. Your understanding. Maybe it's time we all
learned something new." During his administration, Reagan was often
criticized for his record on AIDS, including what activists charged were
abysmal funding levels and a slow recognition of the scope and severity
of the epidemic. Activists often carried placards with a picture of
Reagan under the title "AIDSGATE."