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.
March 19, 1987:
The FDA OKs the first AIDS med, AZT (zidovudine).
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.
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.
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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