6-15-2011: The 30 Years Since AIDS

June 15, 2011 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

Thirty years ago this month the Centers for Disease Control reported the first cases of a mysterious infection that would later become known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, AIDS. One of those who read about it in the newspaper was a medical doctor at the National Cancer Institute, investigating causes of leukemia.

Within two years Dr. Robert Gallo would be the co-discoverer of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.  He and his colleagues would prove that HIV was the cause of AIDS, and two years later they developed a practical blood test for the infection.

Dr. Robert Gallo is still working on AIDS and other viral diseases.  He’s founder and director of the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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