Opinion: AIDS activist Mathilde Krim saved my life

The founding chair of what is today amfAR was a leading voice for science and reason in the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
Dr. Mathilde Krim, the founding chair of amfAR, died on Monday at the age of 91. Source: Evan Agostini/AP

Mathilde Krim, an indefatigable fighter against the virus that causes AIDS and a stalwart champion of those infected with it, died this week at age 91. Her death is a loss for the HIV/AIDS community, and for me personally.

Krim saved my life — although not exactly in a way I could have imagined — and it was more than a decade before I could tell her my story and thank her on behalf of so many others.

In the spring of 1986, I noticed a purplish lesion on my calf. Fearing it was Kaposi’s sarcoma, a cancer inevitably linked

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