June 5, 1981:

The CDC publishes the first official report on what became known as AIDS.



March 2, 1985:

The FDA licenses the first commercial blood test, ELISA, for HIV. 

May 1, 1986:

The virus that causes AIDS is officially called human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.

The first issue of POZ, April 1994

March 19, 1987:

The FDA OKs the first AIDS med, AZT (zidovudine).

April 1994:

POZ magazine launches.

Oct. 31, 1995:

Thus far, 500,000 cases of AIDS have been reported in the U.S. It’s the No. 1 cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44.


The FDA OKs Viramune and Norvir, launching the era of highly effective HIV treatment. Within a year, AIDS-related deaths in the U.S. decline 47 percent.

Jet in flight


Jan. 4, 2010:

U.S. lifts its HIV travel ban; visitors and immigrants with HIV can enter the country.

July 16, 2012:

The FDA approves Truvada as PrEP.


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Sept. 27, 2017:

There’s “effectively no risk” of sexual transmission of HIV if undetectable, says the CDC, confirming the message of U=U.

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