Legendary Actress and HIV/AIDS Activist Was Namesake for Clinic Facility in NW DC Washington, DC – Whitman-Walker Clinic mourns the death of legendary actress and longtime HIV/AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor.
“Elizabeth Taylor was the first major Hollywood star to take up the banner of HIV/AIDS activism,” said Clinic Executive Director Don Blanchon. “At a time when most Americans thought of HIV/AIDS as something that didn’t affect them, her commitment to the issue and considerable star power helped to take the fight against HIV/AIDS right into the mainstream of American society. Her dedication to raising money along with awareness has helped to save countless lives both by helping to treat people living with the virus and by preventing new infections.”
“Because of her dedication and commitment, Whitman-Walker named our main facility in northwest Washington after her in 1993,” said Blanchon. “Her dedication to the cause led her to be here personally for the dedication. That kind of commitment exemplifies why she was so important in the early days of the fight against HIV/AIDS. We will ensure that she is remembered not just for her career but for her unwavering support for a community and a cause that, in the early days, many would not touch.”
Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Clinic is a non-profit, community-based provider of health care in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Through two sites in the District of Columbia, the Clinic offers primary medical and dental care; mental health and addictions counseling and treatment; HIV education, prevention, and testing; legal services; and medical adherence case management. Whitman-Walker Clinic is committed to meeting the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS.
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