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Film star Rock Hudson discloses that he has AIDS.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the first HIV antibody test and HIV screening of blood donations begins.

Ryan White Icon for showing that the link opens a new window, a 14-year-old seventh grader who is also a United Methodist, begins his successful fight to attend a public school in Kokomo, Indiana that had banned him because of fearful students and their parents. For months, he is forced get his lessons through a telephone hook-up at home. After he wins in court, he is harrassed by other students and vandals break windows in his family's house and slash the tires of their car.


June 24. The magazine Christianity and Crisis publishes "Fear and Healing in the AIDS Crisis" by Lee Hancock, its first article on AIDS.

December 9. The New York City Council of Churches forms the Minority Task Force on AIDS to address the needs of ethnic minorities with AIDS.

United Methodist

January. New World Outlook, the UM mission magazine published by GBGM, publishes a story on AIDS ministry, "Growing in Compassion" by Nancy A. Carter.

June. California-Nevada, New York, North Georgia, and Rocky Mountain Annual Conferences adopt resolutions on AIDS.

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