30 Years of AIDS: Past, Present and Future
On June 5, 2011, the United States marked “30 Years of AIDS.” It was on that date in 1981 that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a report on the first cases of AIDS in the U.S. This was the first official report of what would become known as the “AIDS epidemic.”
Today, an estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, and nearly one out of five people living with HIV do not know it, according to the CDC. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) AIDS.gov program has compiled a timeline highlighting some of these key milestones [http://aids.gov/thirty-years-of-aids/].
While research for a cure is still under way, HIV testing is especially critical. On June 27, the nation will observe the annual National HIV Testing Day, initiated 17 years ago by the National Association of People with AIDS. People can find a local HIV testing site and/or other services including housing, substance abuse, family planning, mental health, and health centers by entering their ZIP code into the HIV Prevention and Services Provider locator tool [http://locator.aids.gov/].
For more information on “30 Years of AIDS”, resources for HIV/AIDS, HIV testing, and more, visit: http://aids.gov .