2013 marked the 32nd year since the first published reports of what we now know as the "human immunodeficiency virus." HIV/AIDS has exacted a devastating toll across the globe since the first reported cases. But there has been substantial progress and some of that was seen this year in the United States. The government has expanded access to health insurance, there have been substantial advances in biomedical prevention, vaccine research and medications ... and there is some hope for a "cure."
But many obstacles remain toward eliminating the domestic epidemic. New infections are rising among men who have sex with men, especially gay and bisexual men of color. Meanwhile, pervasive stigma and the criminalization of HIV are daily reminders of how much more work must be done before we see "zero new infections."
Let's take a look at some of the leading HIV/AIDS stories in the past year ...
Rod McCullom has written and produced for ABC News, NBC and FOX, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, EBONY, POZ and many others. Read his blog at Rod 2.0.
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