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David Polson

David Polson AM

Emeritus Founding Chair

In 1984, David Polson was one of the first 400 people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Australia.

He was introduced to the now late Professor David Cooper by Dr Brett Tindall, starting a marathon journey of discovery for both David’s. David Polson undertook 28 HIV drug trials under David Cooper’s care

The side effects from the drug trials were horrendous and have left David with several life-long serious medical conditions but did help to lead medical science discover the very effective triple therapy now widely in use across the globe.

David Cooper saved David’s life and helped save the lives of so many across the globe.

David Polson became a public speaker and HIV Advocate and has been educating a wide audience on HIV/AIDS for over 28 years.  He was recognised as a Community Champion by The National Association of People Living with HIV, Gilead Sciences and Positive Life NSW in 2021 for his services to HIV education and awareness.

After David Cooper died, David has made it his mission to bring to fruition David Cooper’s vision of an AIDS museum.  This, along with the memorial to those Queer people who have suffered persecution, oppression and discrimination, forms a vital part of Qtopia.  The David Cooper AIDS sector of the museum is a very personal tribute to a man who contributed so much to the world.

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