Terry Higgins

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Terrence Higgins, known as Terry Higgins, (10 June 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.[1] He lived in London and worked as a Hansard reporter in the House of Commons. He collapsed at the nightclub Heaven and was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital, London where he died of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy on Sunday 4 July. In his memory, Martyn Butler, Tony Calvert and Terrence Higgins' boyfriend Rupert Whitaker set up The Terry Higgins Trust (later renamed the Terrence Higgins Trust), 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.

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