Dr. Peter Diaries: 30 years later
30th anniversary of the Dr. Peter Diaries
*From CBC's The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn
- November 24: Listen to Shirley Young, Dr. Peter's mother, reflect on her own diary which documented her son's struggle with AIDS.
- November 25: Listen to Dr. Silvia Guillemi and Irene Goldstone who witnessed the challenges faced by early HIV/AIDS patients and knew Dr. Peter Jepson-Young personally.
- November 26: Listen to Tiko Kerr, a Canadian artist known for his HIV/AIDS advocacy reflects on two pandemics.
- November 27: Listen to Dr. Julio Montaner, the director of BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and 2015 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductee discuss the advances of HIV/AIDS since Dr. Peter's death and how health leaders have dropped the ball on its COVID-19 response.
- November 27: Listen to David Paperny, the producer of the Dr. Peter Diaries reflect on Dr. Peter's final days and why they fought so hard to make sure the world heard his story.
- November 27: Listen to CBC's Jodie Martinson and Stephen Quinn reflect on the creation and impact the series had on medical research, societal compassion and the emotions of the people invovled in helping Dr. Peter share his final messages.
- November 28: Web story - Dr. Peter Diaries still resonates after 30 years, drawing parallels between the battles against AIDS and COVID-19 (web story and video interview of Shirley Young)
30 years ago, the Dr. Peter Diaries aired on CBC television and chronicled Dr. Peter Jepson-Young's battle with AIDS.
This was a fearful time. Being diagnosed with AIDS was a death sentence. Often referred to as the "gay cancer" or "gay plague," politics dominated AIDS. Fear, indifference, and stigma divided people living with the disease from the rest of the population.
Rather than hide in shame or live in fear, Dr. Peter, a young Vancouver physician, used his own experience combined with his professional background to tell the world what it meant to be hit by this devastating epidemic that was killing so many people so quickly.
“There is no substitute for the ongoing involvement and support of caring people," Dr. Peter once said. "Persons living with HIV and AIDS have needs greater than just survival.”
Before his untimely death in 1992, his wish was to create a place where people living with AIDS could receive compassionate care right through to the end of their lives. This led to the establishment of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, an internationally recognized health care facility that integrates supervised injections into its model of care and provides complex medical care for people living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, homelessness, and substance use.
30 years later, we reflect on Dr. Peter's legacy on AIDS. Advances in treatment have made the disease manageable, but there is still no cure for AIDS.
From Nov 24-27, 2020, tune in to CBC's The Early Edition to explore the life and impact of Dr. Peter.
Step into the Dr. Peter Centre and explore the 30,000 square foot building with this live virtual tour that took place on World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2020. Learn about the importance of keeping the conversation around HIV/AIDS alive.