It all started on June 5, 1981 when the first cases of AIDS were published in a medical journal. The syndrome did not have a name yet. The term Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome was introduced by the Center for Disease Control in 1982. The virus that causes the syndrome was discovered in 1983 and was named Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The POZ Timeline–Milestone in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic documents these and other milestones over the past 30 years including the end of the HIV travel ban and the first person cured of the disease (both in 2010).
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is featuring a lecture series titled – “HIV/AIDS: 30 Years of Leadership and Lessons”.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will mark the 30th anniversary of the emergence of what became known as the HIV and AIDS epidemic with a three-part display and website beginning June 3.
“HIV and AIDS Thirty Years Ago” will look at the public health, scientific and political responses in the early phase (1981-87) of the global pandemic. This showcase will be located in the museum’s “Science in American Life” exhibition, which focuses on the connections among science, culture and society in American history. The display will feature photographs, magazine covers and other graphics plus equipment that Dr. Jay Levy used to isolate the virus in his lab at the University of California, San Francisco, a copy of the Surgeon General’s 1986 report presenting the government’s position, samples of the drugs AZT and Retrovir and public health information pamphlets from AIDS service organizations. The website will be available at americanhistory.si.edu/hivaids.
CNN – 30 Years of AIDS Moments to Remember
Taken from Positively Orphaned, thanks Bethany for all you do to advocate for HIV/AIDS
Now you might ask ” Why should this matter to me, I don’t know anyone that is effected with HIV/AIDS.” Well maybe you do and you don’t know it yet. Let me tell you a little secret about our sweet little Violet. She has been given a gift, one without her imput. Our sweet Violet is HIV + and has been since the day that she was born. The virus was given to her by her mother. Why do I feel that it is a gift to our Violet, because without the blessing of HIV we would have never adopted her. She would have either stayed with her birth mother or have been adopted by a family in Ukraine. We would have never been able to make her our daughter or bring her into our family and she might not have been able to hear how much Jesus loves her. So HIV… in our family is a blessing.
Some of you have seen our girl and have followed her the past six months and have seen her grow in so many ways. Violet is VERY healthy and currently has no complications due to the HIV virus. She has what is call a undetectable viral load meaning that the amount of virus in her blood is too low to count. She is on medication twice a day and does a wonderful job taking them. We are not worried or scared by the virus. HIV is not passed by everyday activities in a family. My kids eat off each others plates and drink after each other. Life is as normal as normal can be, and we love it that way.
We went into adoption knowing that we would adopt a child that was HIV +. That is where my heart is. I have learned so much about the virus and what is truth about it compared to what people believe to be true. While we were in court in Ukraine the judge asked the lawyer from the orphanage if Violet would ever be adopted in Ukraine. The lawyer stated matter -a – factly “No, because she is HIV +”. Some stat state that she would have had only 50% chance of living to the age of 9 if she would have not been adopted. Now Violet has the opportunity to live a normal life and become whatever God wants her to be. My heart just can’t help of thinking of all the other kids in Ukraine like Violet that wont have the opportunity to live a normal live because families wont adopt them due to the HIV virus.
Thanks for following, and hope that this inspires some thought of loving the many children that are orphanage by HIV and AIDS.