AIDS - The History of the AIDS Epidemic Discrimination and...

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The History of the AIDS Epidemic Discrimination and ethnicity Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, McGill INTD 200 19 October 2010
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History 1884 – 1924: HIV probably transfers to humans in Africa 1959 Scientists isolate what is believed to be the earliest known case of AIDS. The discovery suggests that the multitude of global AIDS viruses all shared a common African ancestor within the past 40 to 50 years. Probably enters Haiti in 1966 Enters US around 1970 African doctors see wasting and opportunistic infections on the rise while western scientists remain ignorant of growing epidemic 1978 Gay men in the US and Sweden, and heterosexuals in Tanzania and Haiti, begin showing signs of what later will be known as AIDS
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1980-81 1981 – AIDS detected in California and New York amongst gay men and drug users Of 26 AIDS cases, eight died within 24 months of diagnosis. 1980 Deaths in US 31 1981 Deaths in US 234
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1982 1982 – CDC links new disease to blood and use term AIDS for first time AIDS reported in Europe and among Haitian men in US. CDC warns blood banks of possible problem with blood supply Deaths in US: 856
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Presidential awareness in US 1982: THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Press Secretary, PRESS BRIEFING BY LARRY SPEAKES, October 15, 1982, The Briefing Room. Q: Larry, does the President [Reagan] have any reaction to the announcement - the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is now an epidemic and have over 600 cases? MR. SPEAKES: What's AIDS? Q: Over a third of them have died. It's known as "gay plague." (Laughter.) No, it is. I mean it's a pretty serious thing that one in every three people that get this have died. And I wondered if the President is aware of it? MR. SPEAKES: I don't have it. Do you? (Laughter.)
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