Rupert Everett shares memories of AIDS crisis terror

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Rupert Everett has said the AIDS crisis was a “terrifying time” for him, and said that he feels “lucky” that he was not infected with this virus himself back then. Speaking on BBC 4’s Desert Island Discs, the actor told host Lauren Laverne that when he was just 16 he moved to London to become an actor and found himself in the epicenter of the city’s gay life in all its colorfulness. “I am not saying that, of course, the drama for me was anything like the drama for someone who did contract it, but for everyone involved it was a terrifying time,” the 60-year-old gay movie star added, recalling that the virus took many of his friends. In the 1980s, the AIDS crisis hit the UK, killing thousands and disproportionately claiming the lives of young men in the gay community. It’s estimated that nearly 37 million people are living with HIV globally and more than 35 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses across the world since the outbreak of the pandemic.

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