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Covering HIV: A 2021 update

While COVID-19 has been the focus of media attention over the past year, the HIV epidemic has continued its quiet spread worldwide.

June 2021 marks 40 years since the CDC first published a morbidity and mortality report about five men with pneumonia-like symptoms that are now known to have been caused by acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

It took several more years for scientists to determine the pathogen causing AIDS was the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and many additional years to determine HIV evolved from nonhuman primates. The CDC recently published a comprehensive history and context of the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

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