30 Years of AIDS

Thirty Years of AIDS

June 5, 2011 marked 30 years since the CDC's MMWR reported the first cases of AIDS in the U.S. Learn how we observed this day.

Dr. Ronald Valdiserri

Commentary: Thirty Years of AIDS in America: A Story of Infinite Hope (PDF 219 KB)

In the December 2011 issue of the journal AIDS Education and Prevention, Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy reflects upon the changing context of the American HIV/AIDS epidemic. Read the article (PDF 219KB).

Commemorating 30 Years of Leadership in HIV/AIDS Symposium

On June 8, HHS and Secretary Sebelius hosted “Commemorating 30 Years of Leadership in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS”. Watch Exit Disclaimer the Secretary's speech.


“The State and Future of HIV/AIDS”

On June 15, hosted a webinar/conference call with key government leaders who provided an update on where we are with the HIV epidemic and where we are going.

Listen to the full webinar or each speaker’s remarks

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Look Back at the Epidemic

Read and share this 30 years of HIV/AIDS timeline from Download the timeline (PDF 468 KB) as updated through 2015.

Timelines from a Federal Perspective

  • CDC – Reflections by K. De Cock, H. Jaffe and J. Curran
  • FDA – for advances in drug availability
  • HRSA – for history of the Ryan White Program: timeline and a video Exit Disclaimer
  • NIH – for advances in research

Timelines from a Community Perspective

For even more timelines, has created a compiled list of timelines (PDF 1.6 MB)

Video Chat with the White House

On June 1, hosted a live video chat with the White House to recognize “30 Years of AIDS”. Watch or download the video.

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Learn about Other Activities

Agencies across the Federal government organized additional events and activities. Learn more here. (PDF 123 KB)