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Old 06-05-2019, 03:48 AM
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June 5, 1981: The "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that five people in Los Angeles have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems.

The initial cases are a cluster of injecting drug users and gay men with no known cause of impaired immunity who show symptoms of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), a rare opportunistic infection that is known to occur in people with very compromised immune systems. Soon, an unexpected number of gay men will develop a previously rare skin cancer called Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Many more cases of PCP and KS will emerge, alerting U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a CDC task force will be formed to monitor the outbreak.

In the general press, the term "GRID", standing for gay-related immune deficiency, will be coined. However, after determining that the syndrome is not isolated to the gay community, it will be realized that the term GRID is misleading, and the term AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) will be introduced at a meeting in July 1982. The following year, it will be established that a novel retrovirus, HIV, is infecting people with AIDS.

By 2017, more than 70 million people worldwide will have been infected with HIV.