CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) welcomes you to the 30 Years of AIDS online community; a place to share HIV Prevention accomplishments and challenges experienced over the last three decades. It is a place to inspire each other and focus our efforts on the road ahead in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Join the community and share your personal and professional stories of hope, photographs of triumph, and videos of the journey. Connect with colleagues, join efforts to prevent the spread of HIV, honor those living with HIV or AIDS, and remember those who died.
For more information about other Federal activities and resources related to the 30 years of AIDS, please visit AIDS.gov 30 Years of AIDS.
You can now watch the lecture “The Evolution of HIV Testing: Then, Now and Beyond”. Select the June 24, 2011 Lecture from the Webcast Tab. Please visit the community often for the latest updates on all 30th commemoration activities.
Commemorating historic moments often leads to a time of reflection… a retrospective look at the euphoria that comes with significant accomplishments that truly make a difference and the regret that flows from plans not fully realized. For those of us who work day- to- day in HIV prevention in the…Continue
Thinking back over the first 30 years of the HIV epidemic brings up a complex mix of thoughts and emotions for me. I’ve looked back on things that I haven’t thought about in years, and the intensity of these memories has surprised me.
I’ve thought back to when I worked as a volunteer HIV pretest and posttest counselor at the gay and lesbian center in Long Beach, California. I started volunteering shortly after the first testing programs were established in 1985. At that time,…
Thirty years ago, on June 5, 1981, CDC published the first report of cases of what is now known as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The article in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reported on Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in five previously healthy young men in Los Angeles, California. These cases were later recognized as the first reported cases of AIDS in the United States.
In reflecting on the epidemic at its 30th…
We would like to thank everyone that has joined the 30 Years of HIV/AIDS Online Community. This is an extraordinary opportunity to engage with others who are working in and living with HIV/AIDS - we welcome your stories!
As a part of the 30 Years of HIV/AIDS Commemoration activities, CDC will also convene a series of moderated "conversations with leaders" describing defining moments that changed the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The series,…Continue
Some of us have worked in HIV since its beginning 30 years ago—in clinics, community organizations in the hardest-hit areas, health departments, and federal agencies. Some of us have more recently enlisted in this fight. All of us have had moments…Continue
Truly over the past 30 years, the development of AIDS research and prevention has changed greatly. The stigma of AIDS has decreased quite greatly over the past 30 years. In the intiall days the stigma was so great that even doctors were worried to…Continue
This semester in school I learned a lot about AIDs treatment in pharmacy school. At the same time, I also took a class about HIV that had me read a book detailing the history of HIV and how it is spread. I will use this knowledge in whatever care…Continue
People in the HIV/AIDS field should be working their way out of a job, and into a CURE for HIV. Thirty years is to long for us not to be working in this direction. This field should never be a career for anyone. Continue
Today I pause to pay homage to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice...Today I pause to honor those who are living the best life possible regardless of what is...Today I pause to salute those who have committed their lives to improving the quality…Continue