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July 12, 2016

Marking Time in the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Author Affiliations
  • 1AIDS Program, Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA. 2016;316(2):145-146. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9006

In June 1981, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the first case reports of the yet to be named global pandemic of HIV/AIDS. Unknown at the time of the first few reported cases, HIV had already spread widely in populations of men who had sex with men, people who injected drugs and their heterosexual partners in the United States and Europe, and in large populations of men, women, and children in Africa. Since that date of first recognition, the magnitude and consequences of the US and global HIV pandemic have been carefully documented.1-3