30 Years of HIV/AIDS

The first cases of AIDS were reported in the June 5, 1981, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Since that time people with HIV, researchers, clinicians, allied health professionals, non-profit organizations, government agencies, activists and many others have created a shared history as we have worked to overcome hurdles and celebrated advances in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. Despite our many successes, there is still much work to be done to stop an epidemic that has claimed the lives of more than half a million people in the U.S. – and more than 25 million people worldwide.

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Partnerships support CDC's work 

The CDC Foundation has supported CDC's AIDS/HIV work through public-private partnerships, including the Price Fellowships for HIV Prevention. Over 10 years, the program brought 28 NGO leaders to CDC as fellows to learn and exchange ideas. Currently, CDC Foundation partnerships developed through PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, are helping CDC leverage mobile technology to fight HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and other diseases in PEPFAR-supported countries. Funding partners include: CDC, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Motorola Foundation. Learn more

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Mila Rossi is a communications officer for the CDC Foundation.