Friday, June 5, 2009

Today in Gay History

June 5, 1981

The Centers for Disease Control announced that five previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles had been diagnosed with PCP, a very rare form of pneumonia that did not ordinarily infect people with healthy immune systems. This announcement was the first official warning of what would become known first as the "Gay Cancer," then GRID (Gay Related Immune Deficiency) and finally, AIDS.

The CDC's mortality statistics, calculated through 2007, the last year for which compilation is complete, shows:

The cumulative estimated number of deaths of persons with AIDS in the United States and dependent areas, through 2007, was 583,298. In the 50 states and the District of Columbia, this included 557,902 adults and adolescents, and 4,891 children under age 13 years.

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