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Medical News & Perspectives
July 24/31, 2018

Anthony Fauci, MD: Working to End HIV/AIDS

JAMA. 2018;320(4):327-329. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.8216

In late spring of 1981, Anthony Fauci, MD, then a 40-year-old immunologist, was in his office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center when a history-changing report came across his desk. The June 5 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from what was then called the Centers for Disease Control documented Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in 5 gay men presenting at 3 Los Angeles hospitals. Prior to this, the rare lung infection was almost exclusively limited to severely immunosuppressed patients, making these cases in previously healthy patients unusual.