Peter Jepson-Young

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Peter Jepson-Young
Born(1957-06-08)June 8, 1957
DiedNovember 15, 1992(1992-11-15) (aged 35)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cause of deathAIDS
Known forThe Dr. Peter Diaries, documenting his experiences living with AIDS

Peter Jepson-Young, M.D. (June 8, 1957[1]—November 15, 1992), better known as Dr. Peter, was a medical doctor in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who promoted AIDS and HIV awareness and education in the early 1990s through his regular segment on CBC Television news broadcasts called The Dr. Peter Diaries. In this series, Dr. Peter documented his own experiences as a person with AIDS. A documentary of his life made the year after his death was nominated for an Academy Award.


He was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, in 1957 and raised in Nanaimo and North Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduation in 1975 from Delbrook Senior Secondary School in North Vancouver, he attended medical school at the University of British Columbia in the 1980s and did his residency in Ottawa, Ontario. On September 29, 1986,[2] he was diagnosed with AIDS, soon after completing his medical training.

In 1992, Jepson-Young had survived with an AIDS diagnosis longer than any person in British Columbia.[3]

The Dr. Peter Diaries[edit]

By 1989 Jepson-Young was unable to continue his medical practice due to his failing health. Turning his attention to AIDS education, in 1990 Jepson-Young began the Dr. Peter Diaries with five episodes airing on the CBC Early Evening News . Through these short segments, in which he was only referred to as “Dr. Peter”, he shared his experiences with the general public. Dr. Peter continued the series through 111 episodes from September 1990 up to his death in November 1992.

In 1993, The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Journalist Daniel Gawthrop published a biography, Affirmation: The AIDS Odyssey of Dr. Peter, in 1994.[4]

Foundation and Dr. Peter Centre[edit]

Shortly before his death, Jepson-Young established the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. The foundation established the Dr. Peter Centre, consisting of a 24-hour specialized nursing care residence and day health program dedicated to helping those with HIV/AIDS.


  1. ^ "Born on this Day, 1957: Peter Jepson-Young". Box Turtle Bulletin. June 8, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Gawthrop, Daniel (1994). Affirmation: The AIDS Odyssey of Dr. Peter. New Star Books. p. 30. ISBN 0921586353.
  3. ^ Farnsworth, Clyde H. (November 17, 1992). "Dr. Peter Jepson-Young, 35, dies; educated Canadians about AIDS". The New York Times. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Odyssey of a man learning to live: In a 'deconstruction' of myth, author Daniel Gawthrop presents a Dr. Peter that few knew — an ordinary, fallible human being". The Vancouver Sun. June 11, 1994.

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