Children during the 1970s and 1980s were subjected to being outed at school as well denied from attending school just because they had AIDS. According to AIDS Children To Be Given AZT For the First Time, in 1989 children were given AZT for the first time. AZT was an anti-AIDS drug; adults paid $6,500 a year for AZT it was a very expensive drug. Families didn’t have Medicaid, so it made affording AZT questionable. The drug was founded in 1986, and it took three years for them to allow children with AIDS to use the drug as well. There has been no therapy for hundreds of children with AIDS; the AZT is the first thing that children had gotten that could help prolong their lives (“AIDS Children To Be Given AZT For the First Time”).
A newspaper article, Cries of fear and outrage dramatize NY fight against AIDS in the young during the 1980s stated that critics believe that the placebo which is used to prolong lives shouldn’t be given to children at all. Children will be receiving innocuous fluid, while others recurred gamma globulin, which is an antibody rich derivative of human plasma thought to boost the underdeveloped immune systems and protect against bacterial infections in some cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (“Cries of fear and outrage dramatize N.Y. fight against AIDS in the young”, 1). Parents were very upset that there was nothing they could do to help their children, it was agonizing to watch their children slowly die.