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Candle holders in San Francisco, CA, carry a flag to draw attention to the ongoing battle against AIDS on May 29, 1989. The city is home to the first AIDS department in the country. The department opened in 1
983 is the subject of the documentary 5B.
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Candle holders in San Francisco, California are flagged to draw attention to the ongoing battle against AIDS on May 29, 1989. The city was home to the first AIDS department in the country. The department opened in 1983 is the subject of the documentary 5B.
Jason M. Grow / AP
Today, antiretroviral drugs allow people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to live a long and productive life. But at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s, the disease was considered a death sentence. No one was sure what caused it or how it had spread. Some doctors and nurses refuse to treat patients with the disease;
Cliff Morrison, a nurse at San Francisco General Hospital at the time, remembered being horrified by what he saw: "I will go to the patients' rooms and you will find that they are not – I have not bathed In 1983, Morrison organized a team of health care providers to open Ward 5B, a special AIDS care hospital at the San Francisco General Hospital, and the medical team in the ward encouraged patients to make their rooms as at home and allowed families and partners to visit when they could. "They comforted the patients were touched and even would have sneaked in pets  5B was the first of its kind in the nation – and has become a model for treating AIDS both in the United States and abroad.Now, a new documentary , called 5B, tells the story of the doctors and nurses who cared for the patients in the ward
Paul Wolburding was a doctor at Ward 5B and continued to co-create an AIDS clinic in the hospital, which was one of the first in the country. He highlights how critical patients are in the ward. "These are people who really, sometimes literally, die when they enter the hospital, so whatever we do to make them more comfortable is really important."
The work on 5B is emotionally debilitating, and death is a constant reality. Still, Wolderding describes his time there as "a blessing."