Op/Ed By Marc Morial
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the past eight years. Here and around the world, over 18 million people are receiving the treatment and care they need—millions of infections have been prevented. What once seemed like an impossible dream, the dream of an AIDS-free generation, is within our grasp. But we know that there’s work to do to banish stigma, save lives and empower everyone to reach their potential…Today we remember those we’ve lost, and reflect on the extraordinary progress we’ve won. We give thanks to the heroes on the front lines of this fight and tomorrow we get back out there, because together, we can do this.” — President Barack Obama, Video Message for World AIDS Day, December 1, 2016
On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control published its weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report. The report—which described five cases of previously healthy, young gay men in Los Angeles infected with a rare lung infection—would eventually become recognized as the first official report on HIV/AIDS in the United States.