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Condoms debut on TV and in convenience stores

In the early 1980s doctors began noticing rare cancers and infections striking otherwise healthy young gay men. Something was destroying their immune systems — something fatal and possibly contagious. At first it was called the 'gay plague.' Then others began dying: Haitians, intravenous drug users, hemophiliacs and heterosexuals. Fear, confusion and prejudice reigned as the disease eventually known as AIDS grew from a mystery to an epidemic. This topic contains discussion of a sexual nature. The medical information in the clips was believed accurate at the time of broadcast, but may have changed.

Broadcasters put condom ads on the air, and 7-Eleven and Mac's Milk stores begin carrying them.

Broadcasters put condom ads on the air, and 7-11 and Mac's Milk stores begin carrying them.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Feb. 18, 1987
Guest(s): John Blatherwick, Fr. William Mendenhall, Liz Rustad, Sheelagh Whittaker
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Jane Chalmers
Duration: 2:49
Trojan ad: Carter-Wallace, Inc.

Last updated: February 14, 2014

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