MUSC to commemorate 40 years of HIV/AIDS in South Carolina

May 9, 2022

The MUSC Waring Historical Library will host a multiday symposium commemorating the 40th anniversary of the diagnosis of South Carolina’s first AIDS patient.

May 25 marks the 40th anniversary of the diagnosis of South Carolina’s first AIDS patient. To commemorate this historic event, the Waring Historical Library is hosting a hybrid symposium on the history of HIV/AIDS in South Carolina and the South.

Scheduled for May 24-26, the event features historians, physicians, researchers and advocates discussing the early years of the disease and current efforts to combat this ongoing worldwide public health pandemic as well as a screening of the documentary “Killing Patient Zero.” The Gibbes Museum will be sponsoring a virtual artist talk with Avram Finkelstein, founding member of the Silence=Death campaign, who will discuss the critical role art and activism played in forming public opinion and policy around HIV/AIDS.

“The symposium is intended to be a thoughtful and respectful reflection on the history of HIV/AIDS in the state and the South. In commemorating this historical event, we remember the millions of lives lost to this terrible disease. We recognize those who have spent the past 40 years treating, researching and advocating for patients. We also want to remind people that HIV/AIDS continues to be a global pandemic that shouldn’t be forgotten,” said Brooke Fox, the symposium’s lead planner.

Partners for this event include the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 2 Regional Medical Library, MUSC Arts in Healing program, MUSC Libraries, MUSC Office of Humanities, Gibbes Museum of Art and the College of Charleston’s Department of Medical Humanities.




About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students in six colleges – Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its health system. MUSC brought in more than $327.6 million in research funds in fiscal year 2021, leading the state overall in research funding. MUSC also leads the state in federal and National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $220 million. For information on academic programs, visit

As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital locations in development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with connectivity to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 care locations situated in all regions of South Carolina. In 2021, for the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $4.4 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver and support groundbreaking education, research, and patient care.


About Waring Historical Library

The Waring Historical Library is the special collections and rare book library of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Named for Joseph I. Waring Jr., the first director of the Historical Library, the library supports the teaching and research mission of MUSC by collecting and preserving original manuscripts, books and other items relating to the history of the University, the history of health sciences in South Carolina and the South and identifying resources documenting the health sciences of the Atlantic World during the 18th and 19th centuries.