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AIDS Victims Get Posthumous Online Profiles

The Gay History Wiki is a social network whose members include people who lost their lives to AIDS before antiretroviral drugs made it a manageable disease. The deceased's occupation, list of friends, interests, and hobbies are all memorialized on the site that allows friends and family to add info. The idea is to create a permanent social marker for those who have passed on and to record recent cultural history.

As the online presence of the living grows, the absence of those who died before the social networking age becomes stronger. More of our existence and memories live online, so if someone who died in their prime from AIDS doesn't have a presence, the memories might begin to fade.

While the Gay History Wiki page focuses on a specific set of people, sites like Facebook let friends and family memorialize a page when a member passes away. What do you think about having the dead remembered online?

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