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40th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS
On June 5, 1981, CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) first reported five cases describing what later became known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and what is now known as HIV Stage III.
On this 40th anniversary, we remember the more than 32 million people who have died from HIV worldwide since the start of the global epidemic, and the 38 million people currently living with HIV.
Locally, we remember our partners, family members, friends, co-workers, advocates, and the thousands of others who are no longer with us – but also the partners, family members, friends, co-workers, advocates, and the thousands of others who are thriving with HIV and are living long and healthy lives.
In the past 40 years we have moved from overwhelming despair to a sense of hope. Let us continue to honor those we have lost by working together to end HIV. Let us also honor and celebrate those men, women, and children who are living with HIV who make our community a richer, fuller, and more loving one.