History of HIV

How Did HIV Come About?

When HIV/AIDS was first diagnosed in the 1980s, it was known as an illness with a death sentence. The history of the evolution of HIV and AIDS 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 living 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 and success of the virus and disease in 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. Understanding the history of HIV/AIDS allows researchers, activists, caregivers, and those affected the necessary knowledge to forge ahead and stop this disease.

Source: https://npin.cdc.gov/pages/hiv-and-aids-timeline#1980 ​​​​​​