HIV/AIDS Epidemic Timeline

Events

'Before'

1980

55 cases reported

'Paving the Road'

1981

159 cases reported

AIDS Epidemic Officially Begins

June 5, 1981

CDC publishes a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report detailing abnormal Pneumocytosis in 5 gay men

'The Gathering Darkness'

1982

771 cases reported
618 deaths

'Battle Lines'

January 1983 - June 1983

1,676 reported cases
750 deaths

'Rituals'

July 1983 - December 1983

2,807 reported cases
2,118 deaths

'Lights and Tunnels'

1984

7,239 reported cases
5,596 deaths

'The Butcher's Bill'

1985

15,527 reported cases
12,529 deaths