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- HIV probably enters the United States around 1970.
- African doctors see a rise in opportunistic infections and wasting.
- Western scientists and doctors remain ignorant of the growing epidemic.
- AIDS is reported among haemophiliacs and Haitians in the USA.
- AIDS is reported in several European countries.
- The name “AIDS” – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome – is created.
- Community organisations in the UK and USA promote safer sex among gay men.
- AIDS is reported among non-drug using women and children.
- Experts become more confident that the cause of AIDS is infectious.
- Three thousand AIDS cases have been reported in the USA; one thousand have died.
- More than 38,000 cases of AIDS have been reported from 85 countries.
- Uganda begins promoting sexual behaviour change in response to AIDS.
- AZT is the first drug approved for treating AIDS.
- The UK and other countries act to raise awareness of AIDS.
- The American government conducts a national AIDS education campaign.
- Health ministers meet to discuss AIDS and establish a World AIDS Day.
- Around 8 million people are living with HIV worldwide, according to estimates made later.
- Thailand launches Asia’s most extensive HIV prevention programme.
- AZT is shown to be of no benefit to those in the early stages of HIV infection.
- AZT is shown to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
- Infant HIV infections begin to fall in developed countries, due to use of AZT.
- The Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) is established.
- Combination antiretroviral treatment is shown to be highly effective against HIV.
- In developed countries, many people begin taking the new treatment.
- Annual global spending on AIDS in low- and middle-income countries is $300 million.
- AIDS deaths begin to decline in developed countries, due to the new drugs.
- Brazil is the first developing country to begin providing free combination treatment.
- In other developing countries, only a tiny minority can access treatment for HIV.
- Around 22 million people are living with HIV worldwide, according to estimates made later.
- At a UN Special Session, world leaders set long-term targets on HIV/AIDS.
- Circumcision is shown to reduce HIV infection among heterosexual men.
- 28% of people in developing countries who need treatment for HIV are receiving it.
- Annual global spending on AIDS in low- and middle-income countries is $8.9 billion.
- It is estimated that $14.9 billion would be needed for a truly effective response.
- Around 33 million people are living with HIV, according to revised estimates.
- Another major HIV vaccine trial is halted after preliminary results show no benefit.
- A controversial Swiss study claims people adhering to ARVs have a "negligibly small" risk of transmitting HIV through unprotected sex.
- PEPFAR is reauthorised, committing $48 billion for the next five years.
- Michel Sidibé is named as new head of UNAIDS as Peter Piot steps down.
- President Obama announces the removal of the travel ban that prevents HIV-positive people from entering the US.
- 4 million people in developing and transitional countries are receiving treatment for HIV; 9.5 million are still in immediate need of treatment.
- The United States, South Korea, China and Namibia lift their travel bans for people living with HIV.
- The CAPRISA 004 microbicide trial is hailed a success after results show the gel reduced the risk of HIV infection by 40%.
- Results from the iPrEx trial show a reduction in HIV acquisition among men who have sex with men taking PrEP.
- Results from the HPTN 052 trial show that early initiation of antiretroviral treatment reduces the risk of HIV transmission by 96% among discordant couples.
- Armenia and Fiji lift their travel restrictions for people living with HIV.
- FDA approval of Complera, the second all-in-one fixed dose combination tablet, expands the treatment options available for people living with HIV.
- The Global Fund announce the replacement of Round 11 with a Transitional Funding Mechanism (TFM), due to a lack of funds.
- UNAIDS release new guidelines regarding ARV treatment as prevention, for serodiscordant couples.
- UN Women joins UNAIDS as a Cosponsor.
- The Republic of Moldova lifts its travel ban for people living with HIV.
- The US' FDA announces approval of HIV-negative people taking PrEP to prevent sexual transmission of HIV.
- For the first time, a majority of people eligible for treatment (54%) are receiving ARVs.