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10 HIV/AIDS Stories That Defined 2011 in the US

December 1, 2011


30 Years of HIV/AIDS

30 Years of HIV/AIDS

June 5, 2011 marked a somber milestone: 30 years since the first published reports of what we now know as HIV/AIDS. AIDS has exacted a devastating toll since that discovery.

More than one million Americans are living with HIV. That number has increased over the past decade, but for a good reason: In the "dark days" of the 1980s and early '90s, a diagnosis was often a death sentence. But life expectancies have increased and HIV is now treated as a chronic, manageable condition.

The "color" of the domestic epidemic has also changed. Originally, HIV was considered a problem for white, gay men. Today, African Americans are barely 14% of the population, yet make up half of all those living and dying with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Latinos and other minority groups are also disproportionately affected, especially gay men of color and women of color.

Rod McCullom has written and produced for ABC News and NBC, and has reported for Ebony, The Advocate, Colorlines, the Black AIDS Institute and others. Rod blogs on politics, pop culture and black gay news at

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