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.

UC Berkeley
Here’s how early humans evaded immunodeficiency viruses

UCLA receives $395,000 from NIH for HIV prevention and treatment

UCLA Professor Gere's "Through Positive Eyes," a collection of self-portraits of 130 HIV-positive 'artivists' at the Fowler Museum. See more.
UC San Diego
UC Study to Investigate How Sexual Trauma Increases HIV Susceptibility in Women

UC San Diego CFAR received $1.2 million from the NIH for the End the HIV Epidemic.
UC Davis
Mapping the pathway to gut health in HIV and SIV infections

UC Merced
UC Merced Library Chosen to Digitize AIDS Historical Archives
UC San Francisco
New Community-Based Approach to Testing and Treating HIV Improves Health in East Africa

UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) received $628,000 supporting critical HIV research

UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) receives Ending the HIV Epidemic Supplement Awards
UC Irvine
Ethics and HIV prevention research: An analysis of the early tenofovir PrEP trial in Nigeria
UC Riverside
Depression and social isolation threaten successful aging of people living with HIV
UC Santa Barbara
Hell, Revealed
New play examines the true story of China’s secret AIDS epidemic and the woman who exposed it.
UC Santa Cruz
Scientists report big improvements in HIV vaccine production

UCOP California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP)
Awards $2.4 Million to Local Researchers with Basic Biomedical Discovery Initiative

Providing funding to non-profit institutions across California, CHRP has announced nine new awards, which include innovative work exploring the microbiome among methamphetamine users, harnessing CRISPR technology to discover the genes behind HIV latency, and improving the evaluation of kidney function among transgender and gender non-binary persons using PrEP.  For the first time, CHPR is also providing supplements to support diversity in the pipeline of future HIV researchers. CHRP’s vision is to help achieve HIV epidemic control in California in a sustainable way for everyone by 2025. Visit

Leadership spotlight:

Thomas J. Coates, PhD

Director, UC Global Health Institute
Distinguished Research Professor of Medicine
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Coates spent 21 years at the University of California, San Francisco. He co-founded the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) in 1986 and was the Founding Executive Director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute in 1996. Both continue with extramural and intramural support. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown declared July 24, 2003 Dr. Thomas J. Coates Day in San Francisco in honor of his work against HIV. Dr. Coates’ work has focused on HIV testing and community-level prevention interventions. 

Read Dr. Coates’ latest piece, ‘The Fight Against HIV Is a Fight for Human Rights: A Personal Reflection’ published in The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes on December 1, 2019.

Events & Activities

23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020)
San Francisco & Oakland, CA
July 6th-10th 2020

The International AIDS Conference is the premier global platform to advance the HIV response. As the world’s largest conference on HIV and AIDS, it sits uniquely at the intersection of science, advocacy and human rights, bringing together scientists, policy makers, healthcare professionals, people living with HIV, funders, media and community.

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