Timeline: Twenty-Five Years Later
It began with observations of a pattern of unusual illnesses in homosexual men who'd had no contact with each other. Their observation created a frame on which the edifice of AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, knowledge could be built, piece by piece.
1986: AID's First Five Years The "unusual" cluster had grown to an epidemic of more than 21,000 victims of acquired immune deficiency syndrome across the United States, more than half of whom had already died.
1991: AIDS Epidemic Shifting to Poor and Dispossessed Ten years after the first reported case, only half of all new AIDS cases still involved gay men. The epidemic was now moving most rapidly and most devastatingly among intravenous drug users and minorities. It was also becoming an epidemic of women and children, of the poor and dispossessed, of blacks and Hispanics, of Harlem and Watts.
1997: In this five-part series Fifteen years after AIDS entered our vocabulary, the Post sketched a picture of a new world of AIDS.
2001: The Emergence of a Deadly Disease Michael S. Gottlieb recalls the day he discovered AIDS.