Thirty years ago in June, five men in Los Angeles were struck down by a baffling disease. Today, that disease, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS, affects millions of people worldwide. Recent trends show a decline in AIDS-related deaths, there is less discrimination toward people living with AIDS and there are some promising medical treatments. The latest advancement is a promising study that found taking a daily pill can help keep an uninfected person from contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Still there were 1.8 million AIDS-related deaths in 2009 and 33 million people living with the disease. And discrimination is still rampant. For instance, in the U.S. there is a little-discussed, but still prevelant ban that prevents gay men from donating blood. Good Magazine and Column Five Media took a look at the successes and failure of the fight against AIDS worldwide with the infographic below. Click here to see it close up.