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Thirty years of AIDS: Smithsonian remembers the start of a pandemic
Since that time HIV/AIDS has become a global pandemic, claiming millions of lives and seriously damaging several developing economies.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is marking this grim anniversary with a special two-part exhibition at the Washington, DC, museum. HIV and AIDS Thirty Years Ago looks at the initial public and government response to HIV/AIDS from 1981-1987, and how the virus was first isolated. Archiving the History of an Epidemic: HIV and AIDS, 1985-2009 takes the story forward to look at society's growing awareness of the problem and oral histories of those affected. There's also an online exhibition.
For more information on how HIV/AIDS and how to protect yourself, go to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HIV/AIDS information page or the government's AIDS page for basic information about HIV/AIDS.
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