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35 Years Since CDC Reported It’s First “AIDS” Cases, And Gay Men’s Health Crisis Still Remembers

GMHC CEO Kelsey-Louie

It’s been 35 years since the Center For Disease Control first report was on five gay men diagnosis with “AIDS”. The world didn’t how to react since the disease still impacts most community. Doctors with the tools believe the epidemic of this disease may end. But take a look at the statement below by the CEO, commenting what they want to accomplish for the future.

Statement made by GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie,

“For many, June 5, 1981 was just like any other day, but in a very short time frame everyone quickly realized that a CDC report about 5 young, otherwise healthy, gay men, was the beginning of something significant. This Sunday, it will be 35 years to the day that the world was first introduced to what would later be known as AIDS. Since the release of this report, 71 million people have been infected with HIV and about 34 million people have died of HIV.
Today in America, HIV infection rates have stalled at 50,000 each year and we have approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV and AIDS. Looking back on all we accomplished together is equal parts heartbreaking and uplifting. When we begged for help in the places that had the ability to provide assistance, the doors were closed because fear and hysteria ruled the day. Our response was simple; we will do it ourselves – and we did.
Gratefully, HIV and AIDS is no longer a death sentence for most people, and we can say 35 years later that we have the tools to end the epidemic. Yet just as we were 35 years ago, we are still in need of help, and it remains to be seen if our governments will provide the resources needed to finally end the epidemic once and for all. GMHC is looking forward to the day when we can look back on the June 5th CDC report and be able to say that the epidemic is finally over. Until that day, our fight continues, and we are guided by those that left us too soon.”

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