6-15-2011: The 30 Years Since AIDS
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.