Tomorrow is WORLD AIDS DAY…It is held on Dec 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988…the very same year that my husband Doug Segal died from AIDS..I share this video with y
ou in remembrance of that time in our family’s life and in an effort NOT to ever forget so many who have suffered.
The following television interview shares a very brief chronicle of our experience and feelings about what was happening to our family over 25 years ago. It aired on a program called MONTAGE on a local channel moderated by Ed Odel and we were interviewed by Jim Brosmer. There is a short segment showing us both speaking to the President’s Commission on AIDS when they came to South Florida on November 11, 1987 just a little bit over a year before Doug died.
Doug died of AIDS on November 19, 1988 at the age of 36. He was a Hemophiliac and was diagnosed in1986 after he had contracted AIDS from his Blood products. After suffering two long years from devastating affects of the deadly disease, he died peacefully in our home lying next to me in our bed. Our three children were just toddlers… Brett age 6, Todd age 4 and Margo almost 2 years old. Doug fought and lived valiantly for those two years and during that time together, we SPOKE OUT hundreds of times to our community about our circumstance in the hopes of dispelling fears about AIDS.