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.
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