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HIV/AIDS in the United States: 30 Years of Leadership and Lessons

The first cases of AIDS were reported in the June 5th, 1981, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Since that time people with HIV, researchers, clinicians, allied health professionals, non-profit organizations, the government, activists and many others have created a shared history as we have worked to overcome hurdles and celebrated advances in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. Despite our many successes, there is still much work to be done to stop an epidemic that has claimed the lives of more than half a million persons in the United States--and more than 25 million persons worldwide.

Therefore, the 30th commemoration of the MMWR article is a time to reflect, learn, and recommit to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. To commemorate work that has been done over the past 30 years, CDC sponsored a slate of programs intended to bring together people involved in HIV work, former and new leaders, and continue to contribute to the national dialogue on this important issue. Below are some activities that CDC hosted to commemorate three decades of fighting HIV/AIDS.

Lecture Series - "HIV/AIDS: 30 Years of Leadership and Lessons"

Title Date Time Location
Perinatal Prevention: A Success Story 6/10 2:00-3:30 pm Carter Center, Cecil B. Day Chapel, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307
From Discovery of HIV to the End of AIDS: A Discussion of Scientific Questions, Past, Present and Future* 6/16 6:00-8:00pm Emory University, Woodruff Health Science Center Administration Building, Plaza and Auditorium, 1440 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
The Evolution of HIV Testing: Then, Now and Beyond 6/24 2:00-3:30pm CDC/Global Communication Center, 1600 Clifton Road, NE at CDC Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30333
Social Injustices, Social Determinants of Health and the U.S. HIV Epidemic 7/14 6:00-8:00pm Morehouse School of Medicine National Center for Primary Care, Auditorium, 720 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
HIV Prevention Programs: Perspectives from the Front Lines 7/21 6:00-7:30pm The King Center, 449 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
From Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street: HIV and Public Health 8/11 6:00-7:30 pm Rollins School of Public Health, The Rollin’s Auditorium, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322
"An Unprecedented Crisis, An Unprecedented Response: Three Decades of Commitment to the Fight Against Global HIV/AIDS" 9/08 2:00-4:00pm Emory University, Woodruff Health Science Center Administration Building, Plaza and Auditorium, 1440 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
30 Years of Community Leadership, Advocacy and Activism     2011 National HIV Prevention Conference
30 Years of HIV Prevention: An Historic CDC Perspective     2011 National HIV Prevention Conference
The Early AIDS Epidemic in the United States: Views from Atlanta and Hollywood     2011 National HIV Prevention Conference

Online CommunityHIV-30years-button

What: The Online Community is a platform for those who have been affected by HIV to share personal or professional experiences from the past 30 years. The community welcomes historic records of events, personal stories, photos, videos and more.

Where: You can access the Online Community at or contact us at

Why: Sharing our histories with regard to the HIV/AIDS epidemic will allow us to reflect on our accomplishments and focus on the future of HIV/AIDS prevention.

How: To learn more about the Online Community or to participate in it, please visit or contact us at


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