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Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report Summarizes Media Coverage of 25th Anniversary of First AIDS Diagnosis

June 5, 2006

On June 5, 1981, CDC in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published a report on the appearance of a rare strain of pneumonia in five men who had sex with men in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports. One month later, 26 cases of Kaposi's sarcoma, another rare disease that later would become associated with AIDS-related illnesses, were found among MSM in California and New York state, the Times reports. The new disease was labeled "gay men's cancer," but similar infections soon were found in hemophiliacs and people who had received blood transfusions (Brink, Los Angeles Times, 6/5). French and American researchers in 1983 discovered that the infection, now called AIDS, was caused by a virus known as HIV (Maugh/Chong, Los Angeles Times, 6/5). "So now we fast forward 25 years and we see that what people were somewhat skeptical about ... has exploded into one of the most devastating pandemics in the history of civilization," Anthony Fauci, director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said (McAlary, VOA news, 6/2). Twenty five years after the first cases were diagnosed, AIDS-related illnesses now are the No. 1 cause of death worldwide among people ages 15 to 59, the Miami Herald reports (Brackett, Miami Herald, 6/5). According to UNAIDS, about 40 million people worldwide are HIV-positive (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/31). In the U.S., one million people are HIV-positive, and 40,000 new cases are expected to be diagnosed this year, CDC reports (Brink, Los Angeles Times, 6/5). More than 500,000 people in the U.S. have died of AIDS-related causes since 1981 (Maugh/Chong, Los Angeles Times, 6/5). The following is a list of some of the newspaper and media sources that covered "AIDS at 25."

Associated Press

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Baltimore Sun
BBC News
"How I Told the World About AIDS" (Ryan, BBC News, 6/5).
  • "Timeline: 25 Years of HIV/AIDS" (BBC News, 6/4).
  • "We Didn't Realize the Enormity" (Dreaper, BBC News, 6/3).
  • Bergen Record
    Boston Globe
    "After 25 Years of AIDS, the News Only Gets Worse" (McLaughlin, Boston Globe, 6/5).
  • "'I'm An Optimist,' Says AIDS Pioneer" (Smith [1], Boston Globe, 6/5).
  • "Survival Strategy: A Handful With HIV Have Gone Years Without Symptoms; Researchers Want To Know Why" (Smith [2], Boston Globe, 6/5).
  • "Ten Steps Africans Can Take To Curb AIDS Epidemic" (Donnelly, Boston Globe, 6/5).
  • Boston Herald
    Columbia State
    Houston Chronicle
    Long Island Newsday
    "AIDS and the Arts" (Davidson, Long Island Newsday, 6/5).
  • "Commuting a Death Sentence" (Talan, Long Island Newsday, 6/5).
  • "Grim Reminders of How it Began" (Ricks [1], Long Island Newsday, 6/4).
  • "'I Have AIDS'" (Marcus, Long Island Newsday, 6/4).
  • "Tricky Virus Thwarts Scientists' Efforts" (Ricks [2], Long Island Newsday, 6/4).
    Los Angeles Times
    "AIDS Quilt Old and Fading" (Zarembo, Los Angeles Times, 6/4).
  • "His Work Toward A Vaccine Never Ends" (Chong [1], Los Angeles Times, 6/5).
  • "I Knew Patient Zero" (Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times, 6/5).
  • "'We Are All Rushing ... People Are Still Dying'" (Chong [2], Los Angeles Times, 6/5).
  • "'You Don't Give Up Looking' for Lifeboats" (Chong [3], Los Angeles Times, 6/5).
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune
    New York Daily News
    "Africa's 'Terrible Sense of Urgency'" (Lite [1], New York Daily News, 6/4).
  • "Gay Doc's Battle With the Beast" (Shin [1], New York Daily News, 6/3).
  • "How, 25 Years Later, AIDS Shapes Us All" (Lite [2], New York Daily News, 6/4).
  • "Lack of Key Drugs, Care Staggers Harlem Doctor" (Lite, New York Daily News, 6/3).
  • "Kimberly's Story" (New York Daily News, 6/3).
  • "Q & A: Dr. Antonio Urbina" (New York Daily News, 6/3).
  • "Q & A: Hal Moskowitz" (New York Daily News, 6/3).
  • "We Must Do Better -- N.Y. Health Czar" (Shin [2], New York Daily News, 6/3).
  • New York Times
    "AIDS at 25: An Epidemic of Caring" (Verghese, New York Times, 6/4).
  • "Deadly Quackery" (Moore/Nattrass, New York Times, 6/4).
  • "Families Forged By Illness" (Rauch, New York Times, 6/4).
  • "Race Against Death" (Kristof, New York Times, 6/4).
  • "The State of AIDS, 25 Years After the First, Quiet Mentions" (Zezima, New York Times, 6/5).
  • "Why It's Right To Test" (Staley, New York Times, 6/2).
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
    Religion News Service
    Reuters Health
    San Francisco Chronicle
    St. Petersburg Times
    USA Today
    "Profile: Generation AIDS" (Sternberg, USA Today, 6/5).
    Washington Times

    Broadcast Programs Report on 25th Anniversary of First AIDS Diagnosis

    OnlineIn addition, Frank Beadle de Palomo, senior vice president and director of the AED Center on AIDS and Community Health, is scheduled to answer questions in a online chat on Monday at 1 p.m. ET. A transcript of the chat will be available online.

    NIH on Monday also will webcast a special event: "25 Years of AIDS Research at NIH," which will include comments from Piot, several NIH researchers -- including NIH director Elias Zerhouni and Fauci -- and Robert Bazell, NBC News chief science and health correspondent. NIH also will premiere the documentary "America and AIDS: a 25-Year Perspective" by Staffan Hildebrand of the Face of AIDS Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. A link to the webcast can be found here. NIH also has launched a website dedicated to 25 years of AIDS (NIH release, 6/1).

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