On June 5th of 1982, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report describing rare cases pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in five previously healthy, gay men in Los Angeles, California (AIDS.gov, 2016). The men also had infections that showed their overall immune systems were affected. This report became the first official report of the AIDS epidemic. Immediately, doctors across America report numerous similar cases including other opportunistic infections like the rare and aggressive cancer, Kaposi’s Sarcoma. The result of these reports spark the creation of a task force to identify risk factors that can be used to recognize the disease. By the end of 1982, 270 cases have been reported gay men who have severe immune deficiency (AIDS.gov, 2016).
In January of 1983, the first American AIDS clinic is established in San Francisco, and by September the CDC uses the term “AI...
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...l abides. Millions of victims have been infected by this 30 year epidemic, and millions have died. However, millions of dollars has been allocated and millions of advocates are working toward triumphing this disease. Through education, research, and awareness, HIV/AIDS is sure to regress to an antiquated status.
AIDS.gov. (2016, January). 30 years of HIV/AIDS timeline. Retrieved from https://www.aids.gov/pdf/aidsgov-timeline.pdf
Harmon, T. M., Fisher, K. A., McGlynn, M. G., Stover, J., Warren, M. J., Teng, Y., Näveke, A. (2015, January). PLoS ONE, 11, 1-18.
Ogbuagu, O. E. & Tiberio, P. J. (2015, October - December). CD8 T-cell lymphocytosis and associated clinical syndromes in HIV-infected patients. AIDS, 14, 202-211.
World Health Organization. (2015, November). HIV/AIDS fact sheet. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs360/en/
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