World AIDS Day
UC faculty, staff, and students are at the forefront of HIV research here in the U.S. and around the world. Below is a snapshot of just some of what is happening on each UC campus.
AIDS was first described on June 5, 1981 when the MMWR reported 5 cases from Los Angeles. The July, 1981 MMWR reported an additional 26 cases from San Francisco and Los Angeles (including from UCLA and UCSF faculty) as well as New York.
The early days of the epidemic were difficult, uncertain, and scary. The film 5B shares the inspirational story of everyday heroes, nurses and caregivers who took extraordinary action to comfort, protect and care for the patients of the first AIDS ward unit in the U.S. at San Francisco General Hospital.
World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988. Each year, organizations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavor to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward ending the HIV epidemic.