Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Here is a look back at the first AIDS storylines on daytime soaps.

ANOTHER WORLD: A musical montage of Scott and Dawn after Dawn's death from AIDS in March 1988. Barbara Bush played Dawn Rollo. Dawn, who was a virgin, had contracted HIV from a blood transfusion she received from her prostitute mother.

ALL MY CHILDREN: In 1987, Adam wanted Stuart to break things off with Cindy, who had contracted HIV from her drug using ex-husband. Later, Cindy and Stuart fell in love and got married before she died. Ellen Wheeler won a 1988 Oustanding Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy Award for the role of Cindy Parker.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: In 1988, Cricket's mother, Jessica Blair, who had just married John, announced to the entire Abbott family that she was HIV positive, acquiring the disease while working as a prostitute. She later died. A few years later, in 1992, Nina's mother, Flo, convinces her to ask Ryan to get tested for HIV.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: On November 29, 1995, Stone asked Robin to step into the light and was able to see her one last time before he died. Stone had contracted HIV from a previous girlfriends had been a drug-addict. Michael Sutton was nominated for a 1996 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for the role of Stone Cates.

1 comment:

  1. thanks for the clisp of thesese. I can remember these eps and they had such an impact back then and even today. it's nice to remember scenes such as these on a day like today.