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Nearing 30th anniversary of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
Reflection, sharing encouraged
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has set up a website to encourage commemoration and communication for the 30th anniversary of the first reports of AIDS in the United States: http://1.usa.gov/eueIpa
The first cases of AIDS were reported in June 5th, 1981 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Since that time people with HIV, researchers, clinicians, allied health professionals, non-profit organizations, the government, activists and many others have created a shared history as we have worked to overcome hurdles and celebrated advances in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, the CDC noted.
"Despite our many successes, there is still much work to be done to stop an epidemic that has claimed the lives of more than half a million persons in the United Statesand more than 25 million persons worldwide," the CDC stated.
To commemorate work that has been done since 1981, the CDC is sponsoring a slate of programs intended to bring together people involved in HIV work. In particular, the CDC is encouraging an online community platform to share historic records of events, personal stories, photos, videos and more. Access the Online Community at www.cdcnpin.org/communities/hivstory.