In Our Blood on ABC – On the 1983 Federal election night, Labor wins by a landslide and Bob Hawke becomes the new Prime Minister.

On Oxford Street at Patchs nightclub, there is an eruption of celebration – this could mean a big step forward in the fight for equality. For out gay man, David Westford (Tim Draxl), it means a shiny new job in Canberra as the senior adviser to the Health Minister, Jeremy Wilding (Matt Day). David and his lover, Gabe (Oscar Leal), decide to go long distance as David heads to the capital.

As AIDS infection rates start to rise exponentially in the US, and the revelation of the first case in Sydney, David convinces Jeremy to act quickly and prioritise AIDS as a potential public health crisis.

However, AIDS isn’t a consideration for many in the gay community. Activists Deb (Jada Alberts) and Tim (Ryan Murphy) are too busy campaigning in Sydney for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, and once again face police hostility.

With no concrete knowledge of how the virus is spreading, no treatment and no cure – the government and the community must find a new way to save their lives and prevent an epidemic.

A public meeting is organised with gay community groups and the newly formed federal advisory body. When the doctors suggest abstinence and the cancellation of Mardi Gras as the only means of AIDS prevention, tempers flare as the meeting erupts into anarchy.

In Our Blood – Sunday 19 March. 2023 at 8:30pm on ABC and ABC iview (episode 1 of 4)

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