The Changing Response to AIDS
A neglected global health crisis ultimately became a top priority for policymakers, donors, and doctors.
HIV/AIDS is one of the deadliest communicable diseases of the modern era: approximately thirty-three million people have perished from AIDS-related illnesses. While the U.S. government and international organizations now commit significant resources to preventing and treating HIV/AIDS, this was not always the case. This timeline traces the evolution of patient activism, scientific research, international attitudes, and public policy that eventually converged to create the coordinated international HIV/AIDS effort that exists today.