From 1981 to 1985 much of the fear and hysteria of the AIDS epidemic was due to the sheer lack of information. In the early 1980s many still believed that an individual could contract AIDS through casual contact like sharing a toilet or shaking hands, and it was not until 1984 that scientists discovered HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS. While there is currently no vaccine or cure for HIV/AIDS, ongoing and extensive activism and research have made the disease largely treatable. Explore this Online Resource to better understand this disease.

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