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Terrence Higgins, known as Terry Higgins, (1945-4 July 1982) was among the first people known to die of an AIDS-related illness in the UK. He died on 4 July 1982.
Born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, he left Haverfordwest as a teenager due to feeling alienated by his sexuality. He lived in London and worked as a Hansard reporter in the House of Commons He collapsed at Heaven and was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital, London where he died of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy on Sunday 4th July. Martyn Butler (born 1954) Tony Calvert (born 1956) and Terrence Higgins's boyfriend Rupert Whitaker (born 1963) set up The Terry Higgins Trust, which was later renamed the Terrence Higgins Trust in his memory, dedicated to preventing the spread and promoting awareness of the disease. Whitaker went on to study medicine and became a medical scientist working on HIV and AIDS related illness.
- ^ Terrence Higgins' legacy, 30 years after death By Neil Prior, BBC News Wales