HIV and AIDS 30 Years Ago

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HIV and AIDS 1981–1987


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 Administration licensed the first drug, information about AIDS reached most people, ACT UP formed, and government agencies took action.

Items in the HIV and AIDS 1981–1987 Collection

Rumors of exotic new disease among gay men in New York Native  CDC reports 5 cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in Los Angeles  CDC reports 26 cases of Kaposi’s sarcoma in Los Angeles, New York City  Similar cases reported in injection…

AIDS service organizations founded in major cities “GRID” (gay-related immune deficiency) and “AIDS” terms in use  3 cases in hemophiliacs reported  “Homosexuals” asked not to donate blood  AIDS connected to cases in Africa  413 cases…

Drs. Luc Montagnier, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and colleagues discover the viral cause Denver Principles on the rights of people with AIDS  First candlelight vigils  Term “safe sex” in general use  3,064 cases of AIDS reported, cumulative…

Dr. Robert Gallo and co-workers announce identification of the AIDS virus Dr. Jay Levy and colleagues report isolation of the AIDS virus Connecticut law permits quarantine of those thought a threat  7,699 cases of AIDS reported, cumulative total

Ryan White barred from school in Indiana  Actor Rock Hudson dies  Antibody test approved  Blood bank screening begins  First International AIDS Conference, Atlanta  Needle safety efforts in New York City and New Jersey  HIV-2 variant isolated…