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What We’ve Learned About Disease in the 40 Years Since the Discovery of HIV/AIDS at UCLA

UCLA Health interviewed Dr. Roger Detels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health distinguished research professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases and director of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), about what has been learned about the disease in the 40 years since the discovery of HIV/AIDS at UCLA

Thursday, June 3, 2021

On June 5, 1981, a cluster of curious cases of Pneumocystis carinii (now P. jirovecii) pneumonia (PCP) in five previously healthy, gay men in Los Angeles was first described in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Forty years after the discovery of the HIV/AIDS at UCLA, we at UCLA Health are reflecting on that epidemic as the world inches toward relief from COVID-19.

“No one could possibly have imagined that this [discovery] was the beginning of a global epidemic involving tens of millions of people,” says Michael Gottlieb, MD, an assistant professor of medicine and clinical immunology and the principal investigator on the CDC’s 1981 report.

by Jocelyn Apodaca Schlossberg