🌍🏳️‍🌈 The Untold Story of HIV/AIDS: From Mystery to Hope | Rainbow Roundtable Ep. 4 Segment 1

Join us in the first segment of Episode 4 of the Safe Schools Rainbow Roundtable, as we unravel the intricate history of HIV/AIDS.

In this segment, we dive into the mysterious beginnings of HIV/AIDS in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Discover how this once-unknown illness emerged among specific groups, including gay men, intravenous drug users, and Haitian immigrants, marking the dawn of the AIDS epidemic. 🕵️‍♂️🔍

We’ll journey through the identification of HIV by the CDC, the global spread of the virus, and the societal stigma that shaped the response to this crisis. Understand how discrimination impacted public health initiatives and ingrained misconceptions about the disease. 🌏💔

The 1990s brought significant medical advances and activism, with groups like ACT UP championing change. Witness how antiretroviral therapy revolutionized HIV treatment, transforming it from a death sentence into a manageable condition. 💊✊

As we move into the 21st century, learn about global efforts like PEPFAR and the Global Fund that have significantly reduced HIV-related deaths. Yet, the fight continues as we face ongoing challenges like unequal access to treatment and persistent stigma. 💪🚫

This historical overview is not just a look back; it’s a crucial step in understanding how our past shapes our present and future in the battle against HIV/AIDS. 🌟🏳️‍🌈

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