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A Political Flashpoint

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Epidemiologists identified the first risk groups, all considered socially marginal, as men who had sex with men, Haitian immigrants, and injection…

A Public Health Crisis

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Health workers sought to get the word out about AIDS and prevent the spread of the disease. This meant tailoring messages to reach audiences who…

A Scientific Mystery

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The health crisis and the political ramifications of the disease put immense pressure on the scientific research community; an international race to…

AIDS Quilt

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Started in San Francisco by Cleve Jones, the NAMES Project offered a collective expression of grief. Its Memorial Quilt, seen here in 1987 in…

Archives Center

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Archiving the History of an Epidemic:
HIV and AIDS, 1985-2009

The collections in the National Museum of American History’s Archives Center document…

HIV and AIDS 1981–1987

By 1987, the issues surrounding the epidemic significantly changed. Scientists and physicians understood the viral cause, the Food and Drug…

HIV and AIDS Today

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Since the first reports thirty years ago, the illness has become chronic and manageable as effective multi-drug treatments have reduced mortality. The…

Magazines

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News outlets walked a fine line between fostering awareness and compassion concerning HIV and AIDS and capitalizing on fear and misconception. Outside…