Today in History: First AIDS Report was 35 Years Ago

On June 5, 1981, in its Morbidity and Mortality Report, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) discussed five instances of Pneumocystis pneumonia. We later understood this to be the first documented report of AIDS.

We’ve learned that stigma and silence don’t just fuel ignorance, they foster transmission and give life to a plague.  We’ve seen that testing, treatment, education, and acceptance can not only save and extend lives, but fight the discrimination that halted progress for too long. -President Obama

President Obama made a statement this morning, on the 35th anniversary of HIV/Aids in America, reflecting on its history, the work of his administration, and calling for people to rededicate themselves to working toward an end to the AIDS epidemic.

You can read his full remarks here.