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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."