Terrence Higgins born 1945 (d. 4 July 1982)
Terrence Higgins, known as Terry Higgins, was among the first people known to die of an AIDS-related illness in England on July 4, 1982. He worked as a Hansard reporter in the House of Commons and as a barman in the nightclub Heaven. He collapsed while working at Heaven and was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital, London where he died of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and primary multifocal leukoencephalopathy some weeks later.
Martyn Butler and Terrence Higgins' partner Rupert Whitaker and friends set up The Terry Higgins Trust, later renamed the Terrence Higgins Trust in his memory, dedicated to preventing the spread and promoting awareness of the disease. Whitaker went on to study medicine and became a medical scientist working on HIV and AIDS related illness.
The Terrence Higgins Trust was the first charity in the UK to be set up in response to the HIV epidemic and has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV and AIDS ever since.
2007 marked the 25th anniversary of Terry Higgins' death and is a quiet but significant milestone, among many milestones, marking now over a quarter of a century of HIV/AIDS.
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