History of HIV

How Did HIV Come About?

When HIV first began being diagnosed in the 1980s, it was known as an illness with a death sentence. The evolution of HIV and AIDS over the past forty years is convoluted, complicated, and heartbreaking. Many people lost their lives. There was social stigma against those living with HIV, and legislation was incredibly discriminatory. Unfortunately, the stigma has not entirely gone away. However, scientific advances have led to many people living with HIV leading long and healthy lives, which empowers them to join in the fight for the rights of those living with HIV. 

To truly appreciate the advances in how we understand and treat HIV in the present day, learning the history is essential. Check out the timeline below from the CDC and learn more about the history of HIV and AIDS. A more detailed timeline is also available at HIV.gov.