Dr. Peter Diaries: AIDS Then & Now
Twenty years ago, Dr. Peter Jepson-Young helped change the way we look at HIV/AIDS by chronicling his battle with the illness through a weekly video diary on CBC Television.
CBC Vancouver marks the anniversary of those diaries in several ways. All 111 of the original Dr. Peter Diaries appear on this website.
A special series on CBC News Vancouver at 6 with reporter Alan Waterman revisits some of the diary entries and look at the legacy left behind, including the Dr. Peter Centre where important and sometimes controversial research and work continue.
CBC Radio One's The Early Edition with host Rick Cluff features interviews with people who knew and worked with Dr. Peter, as well as profiling those who are living with HIV/AIDS today and those who continue to work fighting and treating the disease.
Anthony Amodeo did a new series of diaries for radio, TV and the web.
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Watch On Demand
We have posted all 111 of Dr. Peter's video diaries.
You can also watch this special series on CBC News Vancouver at 6 with reporter Alan Waterman who revisits some of the diary entries and look at the legacy left behind, including the Dr. Peter Centre where important and sometimes controversial research and work continue.
Share your comments, reactions and personal stories
Contribute to the conversation about this important issue.
About Dr. Peter
Diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1986, Dr. Peter Jepson-Young aimed to educate and inform the public by documenting his struggle with HIV/AIDS.
Over the course of two years and 111 videos, viewers watched as the Vancouver physician coped with the challenges of the illness and saw first-hand the physical toll HIV/AIDS takes on its patients.
Dr. Peter brought a sense of humour to his weekly diary entries, along with the unique clinical perspective of a physician suffering from AIDS.
Through his frank and honest discussion of the disease, Dr. Peter fought stereotypes, helped break down the social taboos around HIV/AIDS and sought to help viewers better understand the disease.
Dr. Peter's video diaries aired until several weeks before his death of his AIDS-related complications in November 1992. He was 35 years old.
Known only as Dr. Peter while his weekly installments aired, most viewers did not learn his surname until after his death.