AIDS in Black America: A Journey Through the Years
Early Warning Signs
It wasn’t until 1981 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published
It wasn’t until 1981 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its first account of a rare fatal pneumonia found in five previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles. The immune disorder was initially called GRID, or gay-related immune deficiency. The disease transformed two years later into a condition known as AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome. By then, The CDC began to recognize that female sex partners of men with AIDS as a growing at risk group. In 2005, the CDC found that 64 percent of women living with HIV/AIDS were Black.