NIH Researchers Recall the Early Years of AIDS

Friday, January 30, 2015

In June 1981, the NIH Clinical Center saw its first patient with AIDS. The story of how AIDS went from an unknown disease to one with a treatment is one of our most visited websites, In Their Own Words. This site demonstrates how oral histories, basic historical research, and images can be used by historians to present a complicated story that has affected the lives of millions of people.

How can you tell that a patient has a previously unknown disease?

How do you care for someone with a mysterious illness–and protect yourself as well?

How do you investigate the cause of a new disease, and find ways to treat and prevent it?

Find out how the NIH clinicians and scientists met those challenges, In Their Own Words.