AIDS Retrospective Pictures Slideshow: A Pictorial Timeline of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on Thursday, November 17, 2011

AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (1987)

AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (1987)

Around 1900, a hunter got the AIDS virus from a Pan troglodytes chimpanzee.

Around 1900, a hunter got the AIDS virus from a Pan troglodytes chimpanzee.

Kaposi's sarcoma, an AIDS-related cancer.

Kaposi's sarcoma, an AIDS-related cancer.

In sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS was known as "slim disease."

In sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS was known as 'slim disease.'

A baby with AIDS, abandoned after her mother's death from the disease.

A baby with AIDS, abandoned after her mother's death from the disease.

Drs. Montagnier (shown) and Barre-Sinoussi discover the AIDS virus.

Drs. Montagnier (shown) and Barre-Sinoussi discover the AIDS virus.

Reagan HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler, shown with Robert Gallo.

Reagan HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler, shown with Robert Gallo.

Rock Hudson, with Liza Minelli and Elizabeth Taylor, outspoken AIDS advocates.

Rock Hudson, with Liza Minelli and Elizabeth Taylor, outspoken AIDS advocates.

The Burke family in 1985. The father, mother, and son have HIV.

The Burke family in 1985. The father, mother, and son have HIV.

AIDS patient and advocate Ryan White, 15, wins battle to attend school.

AIDS patient and advocate Ryan White, 15, wins battle to attend school.

Princess Diana reaches out to people with AIDS.

Princess Diana reaches out to people with AIDS.

ACT UP forms to protest high cost of AIDS treatment, and adopts its enduring motto.

ACT UP forms to protest high cost of AIDS treatment, and adopts its enduring motto.

AIDS protests grow louder.

AIDS protests grow louder.

Roberto Duran hugs former boxing champ & rival Esteban De Jesus, dying of AIDS.

Roberto Duran hugs former boxing champ & rival Esteban De Jesus, dying of AIDS.

Elizabeth Taylor addresses the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.

Elizabeth Taylor addresses the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.

A monumental safe-sex message in Paris.

A monumental safe-sex message in Paris.

MTV's "The Real World" cast member Pedro Zamora, standing at left.

MTV's

Dr. David Ho, early champion of "cocktails," was Time's 1996 Man of the Year.

Dr. David Ho, early champion of

AIDS treatment worked -- but it meant many different pills, many times a day.

AIDS treatment worked -- but it meant many different pills, many times a day.

Of 3.5 million Nigerians with AIDS, 50 get drugs donated from U.S. patients.

Of 3.5 million Nigerians with AIDS, 50 get drugs donated from U.S. patients.

Vivid was one of the few adult film companies to insist on condom use.

Vivid was one of the few adult film companies to insist on condom use.

Despite the failure of the most promising HIV vaccine to date, the quest continues.

Despite the failure of the most promising HIV vaccine to date, the quest continues.

HIV infections go way up in young gay men, especially young African Americans.

HIV infections go way up in young gay men, especially young African Americans.

HIV discoverers Barre-Sinoussi and Montagnier win Nobel Prize.

HIV discoverers Barre-Sinoussi and Montagnier win Nobel Prize.

A graveyard in South Africa, where 250,000 last year died of AIDS.

A graveyard in South Africa, where 250,000 last year died of AIDS.

AIDS: How soon we forget.

AIDS: How soon we forget.

HIV-neutralizing antibody may lead to new vaccines.

HIV-neutralizing antibody may lead to new vaccines.

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