When AIDS appeared in 1981, the gay community faced a conspiracy of silence. Only homosexuals, intravenous drug users and Haitians were being struck down, so there was no national urgency to address the spreading epidemic. President Reagan did not say the word AIDS in public until 1985. Because they did not have specific documentation about the etiology of the disease, American health organizations at first declined to supply any information at all. In 1982 the social activist group the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence stepped in to fill the void. At their own expense they published a brochure, written by two Sisters who were registered nurses, gathering together all that was then known about AIDS and for the first time providing gay men with information that could save their lives.