Best of Heard Tell: David Hubbell

Living w/ HIV since 1985, Bad Comps to COVID, & Overcoming Long-term Illness

Andrew Donaldson
2 min readAug 10, 2022


On this Best of Heard Tell, we go back to the very first video Heard Tell we ever did, and one of the most remarkable stories and interviews you will ever hear.

From November of 2021:

So you might have Heard Tell that some recent comments by Dennis Prager stating that “During the AIDS crisis, can you imagine if gay men and intravenous drug users, who were the vast majority of the people with AIDS, had they been pariahs the way the non-vaccinated are? But it would have been inconceivable. And it should have been inconceivable; they should not have been made pariahs. But this is kosher, this is OK.” This created a strong reaction on social media and elsewhere. But instead of just reacting, we wanted to turn down the noise on this and talk to someone who lived through the AIDS crisis and can speak from personal experience and give their perspective on then and now. David Hubbell was first diagnosed with HIV in 1985, and he tells the story of finding out via letter, the early days of the crisis, drug trials, surviving the “unsurvivable”, and what does and does not compare. Talking about health crisis then and now with a focus not on statistics or cultural issues but on the people involved, on this episode of Heard Tell.

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Andrew Donaldson

Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Veteran. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag on culture & politics, food writing @yonderandhome, Host @heardtellshow & other media