But, on December 1st, World AIDS Day, everyone has an opportunity to unite in the fight against the disease, raise awareness and remember those who have lost their lives. Robert Gallo, Dr. The debate over who first identified it lives on: three separate research groups separately identified and named the retrovirus. Only later would it be known as human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. In , Montagnier won Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery, yet Gallo -- who also pioneered the development of the HIV blood detection test -- and Levy went unrecognized.
History of AIDS
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Today, there are an estimated 1. With drugs such as post-exposure prophylaxis PEP and pre-exposure prophylaxis PrEP made available to help treat and prevent the spread of HIV, the number of people diagnosed with the disease has decreased. By , there were an estimated , people diagnosed with AIDS living in the country. At the beginning, medical professionals were uncertain what caused the disease and exactly how it was spread. The uncertainty resulted in a great deal of fear. Many medical personnel refused to give care for fear of being exposed. Others felt that in order to give care, it was necessary to wear protective gear, referred to as "space suits.
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A march in the Castro area of San Francisco in was one example of activism that emerged at that time to push for a more coordinated federal response, more funding and better medicine in light of the AIDS epidemic. On the first day of his new job at San Francisco General, during "rounds" when doctors visit patient rooms and discuss their cases, he saw a patient with Kaposi's sarcoma, which he would later learn was a symptom of AIDS. Volberding was fascinated, because he had never seen that kind of cancer, and the patient was surprisingly young. Kaposi's sarcoma is unusually rare, especially in younger people. A cluster of cases in New York City and California was one of the first epidemiological signs, along with outbreaks of an unusual lung infection, that indicated the emergence in the U.
History may ultimately judge his presidency by the thousands who have and will die of AIDS. Following discovery of the first cases in , it soon became clear a national health crisis was developing. But President Reagan's response was "halting and ineffective," according to his biographer Lou Cannon. Those infected initially with this mysterious disease -- all gay men -- found themselves targeted with an unprecedented level of mean-spirited hostility. A significant source of Reagan's support came from the newly identified religious right and the Moral Majority, a political-action group founded by the Rev.