Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals
The C.D.C.'s MMWR publishes its first description of a outbreak of 41 cases of Karposi's Sarcoma, a rare skin cancer.
2 Fatal Diseases Focus of Inquiry
Two rare diseases have struck more than 100 homosexual men in the United States in recent months, killing almost half of them, and a medical study group has been formed to find out why.
Researchers report in The New England Journal of Medicine that harmless viruses and bacteria can often cause fatal illnesses in homosexual men.
By the end of 1981: 121 deaths
1981 Article Index
Five States Report Disorders in Haitians' Immune System
Federal health officials say that state health authorities have reported a total of 34 cases of a serious immune disorder among Haitians.
A Disease's Spread Provokes Anxiety
The New York Times reports about the growing anxiety among gay men.
Infant Who Received Transfusion Dies of Immune Deficiency Illness
The C.D.C. reports that an infant died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) after receiving multiple transfusions.
1982 Article Index
The Odyssey of a New Disease
A New Disease's Deadly Odyssey
The New York Times Magazine reports on the birth of a new disease.
Rare Virus May Have Link With Immunological Illness
The C.D.C. reports that HTLV, a rare virus, may have some connection with AIDS.
Research Traces AIDS in 6 of 7 Female Partners
The New England Journal of Medicine reports that researchers have found that AIDS may be transmitted from males to females.
Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times
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Dr. Kenneth Wein, left, the clinical director of GMHC, discussing a critical client case with Mel Rosen, the center's executive director.
House Panel in Dispute Over AIDS Research Data
New York Congressman Ted Weiss charges that a "serious lack of cooperation" from the C.D.C. is impeding his committee's investigation of AIDS. Weiss and other congressmen call the Government response to AIDS belated and inadequate.
The Doctor's World: In Pursuit of the Cause of AIDS
Dr. Lawrence Altman explores the search for the cause of AIDS in his column.
New Theory Given for Cause of AIDS
Dr. Joseph A. Sonnabend tells an international gathering that there is no one specific cause of the syndrome. Dr. Antony Fauci, of the National Institutes of Health, counters by saying the evidence supporting a single infectious agent "hits you like a mack truck."
1983 Article Index
New Cases Widen Views About AIDS
New evidence is reported suggesting AIDS can be spread heterosexually and transmitted even before a person shows outward signs of the disease.
New-Found Virus Shown to Cause AIDS-Like Illness in Lab Monkeys
Scientists report isolating a virus that causes an AIDS-like illness in monkeys.
U.S. Medical Study Singles Out a Man Who Carried AIDS
A C.D.C. report lends more credibility to the cause of AIDS being an infectious agent. It traces 40 of the first cases to one man, called "Patient 0."
New U.S. Report Names Virus That May Cause AIDS
American researchers headed by Dr. Robert Gallo announce that they have isolated the cause of AIDS and call the virus HTLV-3. American health officials say they believe the American and French viruses will turn out to be one in the same.
For People With AIDS, Housing Is Hard to Find
The New York Times reports on the housing crisis that some AIDS patients find themselves in.
In City, AIDS Affecting Drug Users More Often
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. David J. Sencer releases data showing that IV drug users are, proportionally, more affected by AIDS.
Lab Worker Gets Immune Disorder
Federal health officials begin investigating the case of a lab worker who contracted AIDS.
1984 Article Index
AIDS and Its Victims: Support Network Grows
The Times reports on the growing support networks available to AIDS patients.
AIDS Blood Test to Be Available in 2 to 6 Weeks
Federal officials license Abbott Industries to produce the first commercially available blood test kit. The kits would be provided to blood banks within six weeks.
The Doctor's World: AIDS Data Pour in as Studies Proliferate
The Times explores the scene after an international conference on AIDS drew researchers from 30 countries, providing a wealth of data on the unfolding pandemic.
Poverty-Scarred Town Now Stricken by AIDS
Statistics reveal that Belle Glade, Florida, a poverty-mocked community has an AIDS-incidence of 1,500 people per 100,000 population. By contrast, in New York City, with half the United States's caseload, the rate was 369 per 100,000 population.
Spokesman Admits Hudson Has AIDS
A spokesperson for Rock Hudson announces the screen star is ill with AIDS.
Ruby Washington/The New York Times
August 4, 1985:|
Dr. Arye Rubinstein examines a child with AIDS at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.
Blood Supply Called Free of AIDS
Federal health officials declare that the Nation's blood supply is free of the virus that causes AIDS.
Pentagon to Test All New Recruits for Possible Signs of AIDS Virus
The Pentagon says it will screen all new recruits for signs of the AIDS virus. Those testing positive for the antibodies of HTLV-III will be rejected for service.
Communion-Cup Fear Addressed
The Episcopal Bishop of California refuses to order a ban on the use of a communal communion wine cup, saying he is confident that AIDS is not spread by the rite.
U.S. Counters Public Fears AIDS
The three top federal health officials handling AIDS call a news conference to say the "epidemic of fear" is absolutely unnecessary.
Rock Hudson, Screen Idol, Dies at 59
Rock Hudson, screen idol, dies.
Panel Disagrees Over AIDS Risk for Public
A Harvard University panel on AIDS questions the Government's stance on the blood supply and risk to the general population.
U.S. to Advise Against Screening for AIDS Virus
Saying that there is no evidence that the disease spreads via casual contact, Federal health officials recommend against screening workers for AIDS.
Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
November 20, 1985:|
Patrick McCalister with Dr. Kenneth Hynes at NYU Medical Center. "I knew it was a possibility but I never thought it would happen," said Patrick McCalister, a 24-year-old AIDS victim. "I'm going to die; I know that."
Blood Transfusion Practices Cited in African AIDS
Scientists studying the reasons behind the high African rates of AIDS place part of the blame on transfusion practices on the continent.
37% in Poll Say AIDS Altered Their Attitude to Homosexuals
A Gallup poll shows that one-third of Americans are less favorably disposed toward homosexuals as a result of AIDS.
Saliva Discounted as an AIDS Threat
A report in The New England Journal of Medicine discounts saliva as a source of transmission of the virus.
City, in Shift, to Make Blood Test for AIDS Virus More Widely Available
Relaxing the most restrictive testing policy in the nation, New York City officials say they will allow hospitals to administer blood tests.
1985 Article Index
AIDS in the Future: Experts Say Deaths Will Climb Sharply
Scientists say that while AIDS will probably not spread to the population at large, it will kill far more people than generally recognized.
How Women May Transmit AIDS to Men Is Suggested by Research
Scientists from Boston and San Francisco report that the virus that causes AIDS is found in the vaginal and cervical secretions of 21 women in a study.
New Fear on Drug Use and AIDS
Federal health officials warn that the epidemic among IV drug users is spreading rapidly outside of New York and California.
Onset of AIDS After Transfusion Found to Lag Average of 5 Years
A Federal study finds that the onset of AIDS after a transfusion is five years.
Tenfold Increase in AIDS Death Toll Is Expected by '91
The Government predicts that there will be a tenfold increase in the number of deaths from AIDS by 1991.
U.S. Files First AIDS Discrimination Charge
The Federal Government files the first discrimination suit against an employer that had fired an employee because he had AIDS.
Surgeon General Urges Frank Talk to Young on AIDS
Surgeon General C. Everett Koop urges parents and educators to be extremely frank when explaining AIDS to children.
Federal Efforts on AIDS Criticized as Gravely Weak
The National Academy of Sciences criticizes the Federal Government's response to AIDS as gravely weak and calls for $2 billion a year to avert a "medical catastrophe."
November 1Sex, Drugs & AIDS
City Schools to Show New Videotape on AIDS
After a six-month delay, the New York City Public Schools decide to show a videotape about AIDS to 11th graders.
Brazil Called Lax in AIDS Treatment
The World Health Organization calls Brazil's reaction to the AIDS crisis there as slow and inadequate.
Job Corp Planning to Screen Its Trainees for AIDS Virus
All Job Corps staff, trainees and students will be tested for the AIDS virus.
1986 Article Index
The End of the Beginning
Insurers Are Pressing for AIDS Testing
Health insurers continue to push for AIDS tests as an eligibility for insurance. Some states say they will block this move.
Fact, Theory and Myth on the Spread of AIDS
The Times reports on the facts and myths of AIDS transmission.
Vermont Prisons Give Inmates Condoms on Request
State prison authorities in Vermont announce that inmates can get condoms on demand from infirmaries.
Countries Moving in Battle Against AIDS
The World Health Organization releases figures showing the spread of AIDS around the world.
A Doctor's Perspective on Growing AIDS Caseload
The Times takes a look at one doctor's growing AIDS caseload.
Inherited Factor May Play a Role in Risk of AIDS
British researchers report that they have found evidence that genetic differences make some people more susceptible to infection with the AIDS virus.
Reagon Names 12 to Panel on AIDS
President Reagan names 12 members of a national commission on AIDS and pledges to send the deadly disease "the way of smallpox and polio."
High AIDS Rate Spurring Efforts For Minorities
The Federal Government announces measures to combat the spread of AIDS in minority communities.
The Papal Visit: AIDS Issue at Fore as Pope Visits San Francisco
The Pope visits San Francisco, where AIDS activists plan protests.
Denying AIDS Its Sting: A Quilt of Life
The Times reports on the Names Project, the foundation behind the National AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Rights of Citizens and Society Raise Legal Muddle on AIDS
New York City's top health official urges that public health officials should warn the sexual partners of AIDS patients.
Boy's 1969 Death Suggests AIDS Invaded U.S. Several Times
New evidence suggests that AIDS arrived in the United States earlier than previously believed.
A.M.A. Rules That Doctors Are Obligated to Treat AIDS
The American Medical Association rules that doctors are obligated to provide treatment for people with AIDS.
15% of People With AIDS Survive 5 Years
Research finds that 15% of AIDS patients survive at least five years from the date of their diagnosis.
U.S. to Test for AIDS in 30 Cities; Household Sampling Put Off
Federal health officials announce that blood samples will be collected in 30 major cities in an effort to determine how far and fast the AIDS virus is spreading.
Doctors Stretch Rules on AIDS Drugs
Defying official recommendations, a growing number of doctors who treat carriers of the AIDS virus are prescribing a powerful, potentially toxic drug even before the patients develop serious signs of disease.
Editorial: AIDS: The End of the Beginning
A New York Times editorial focuses on the AIDS epidemic.
1987 Article Index
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