“Today, we remember all those who lost their battle with HIV/AIDS, and we recognize those who agitated and organized in their memory. On this day, let us rededicate ourselves to continuing our work until we reach the day we know is possible”
First discovered in June 1981 after the CDC published their first results on Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), an illness found among previously healthy young men in Los Angeles. Two men had died by the time the study was released.
In the following 30 years, almost 80 million people would be diagnosed with HIV worldwide, and about 40 million would go on to die from AIDS.