The first cases of what would come to be known as AIDS were diagnosed on June 5, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. The disease was initially known as GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) since it was initially detected in men who have sex with men. Scientists later found evidence that the disease existed in the world for some years prior through subsequent analysis of a blood sample of a man who died of an unidentified illness in the Congo in 1959, making him the first confirmed case of an HIV infection.
Today, HIV/AIDS is the largest pandemic in human history. This section explores the statistics of that pandemic from the global perspective, all the way down to the impact in our own community.
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