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July 25, 1990

As AIDS Epidemic Approaches Second Decade, Report Examines What Has Been Learned

JAMA. 1990;264(4):431-433. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450040019005

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ONCE UPON a time, no one in the world had ever heard of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Neither was the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) known. That state of innocence ended forever less than 10 years ago.

A new report from the Committee on AIDS Research and the Behavioral, Social, and Statistical Sciences, a part of the National Research Council, sums up what has been learned in the past 9 years and discusses the evolving course of the epidemic in the United States. AIDS: The Second Decade (edited by Heather G. Miller, Charles F. Turner, and E. Lincoln Moses, National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1990), was introduced in San Francisco in conjunction with the Sixth International Conference on AIDS.

Prevention, Intervention  The report addresses such topics as disease prevention and behavioral intervention, adolescents at risk, new problems concerning the blood supply, and issues involved in conducting the surveys deemed vital