In 1982 Eve Van Grafhorst contracted HIV via a blood transfusion she received after being born prematurely. Hysteria about the disease led to Van Grafhorst being cast as a pariah in her Australian community, and in 1986 she and her family fled to Hastings in New Zealand. She became an AIDS poster child and helped shift attitudes to the disease.
There’s not many people that can face death with her eyes open, and she did. She died with her eyes open.
– Gloria Carey (nee Van Grafhorst)