Ben Gardiner: Courtesy of the Gardiner family via SFGate

How a 1980s AIDS Support Group Changed The Internet Forever

As the AIDS epidemic spread, Ben Gardiner took to the nascent internet — and shaped the way we share health information online

A message posted to the AIDS Info BBS in 1988. Text source: The Queer Digital History Project
A classified ad for the AIDS Info BBS (second entry, third column) in the San Francisco Sentinel, California’s Gay and Lesbian Newsweekly, vol. 20, no. 34, 1992. Source: San Francisco Sentinel via Gale
A message posted to the AIDS Info BBS in 1988. Text source: The Queer Digital History Project
By the mid-90s, BBSes would command their own sections in the classifieds. Source: San Francisco Sentinel vol. 22, no. 21, 1994 via Gale
A message posted to the AIDS Info BBS in 1988. Text source: The Queer Digital History Project
Gardiner interviewed for an article in the
GALA Review in September 1989. Source: GALA Review via Gale
A message posted to the AIDS Info BBS in 1988. Text source: The Queer Digital History Project
A message posted to the AIDS Info BBS in 1988. Text source: The Queer Digital History Project

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