A Commonly Misunderstood Disease

In the early 1980s in the United States, doctors began reporting deaths from unusual infections in patients whose immune systems had mysteriously failed. The discovery of the virus behind this public health crisis didn't come until 1983, making HIV/AIDS a relatively new illness—and one you might not know as much about as you think.

Medically Reviewed By: Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH | Last Review Date: Dec 3, 2013

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