Timeline Of The HIV Epidemic In The U.S

The Discovery of GRID: Gay men in California and New York were being treated with a rare infections such as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) and cancer called Kaposi’s Sarcoma. These findings on relatively healthy men suggested that the cause of the immune deficiency was sexual and the syndrome was initially called gay-related immune deficiency (or GRID).

Ryan White’s AIDS diagnosis: Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who contracted AIDS through contaminated blood products used to treat his hemophilia, is refused entry to his middle school. His family’s protracted legal battles to protect Ryan’s right to attend school call national attention to the issue of AIDS, and Ryan chooses to speak out publicly on the need for AIDS education.

The Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act: U.S. Congress enacts the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, including people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Affirmation of U=U: A study of MSM in Thailand finds that having a sexually transmitted infection does not affect the ability of people living with HIV to achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load. The results confirm the generalizability of the “Undetectable = Untransmittable” (U=U  ) message.

The Proposed Ending the Epidemic Plan: The proposed Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America will leverage new biomedical prevention and treatment options and powerful data to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the United States by 75% in five years and by 90% by 2030. This will prevent an estimated 400,000 new HIV cases over those 10 years, while protecting and preserving the health of people currently living with HIV.