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HIV research

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – the etiologic agent of AIDS – is one of the most intensively studied disease organisms in history. Since its first identification in the early 1980s, HIV has transformed into a pandemic, globally infecting more 36 million people and annually contributing to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of patients – particularly in low income countries. This Milestone charts the history of HIV research on an interactive Timeline, from its origins to the latest developments in HIV treatment, vaccines and insights from the study of HIV/AIDS pathogenesis. 

We present interviews with thought leaders in HIV research. Watch Anthony S. Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) discuss the early stages of the AIDS pandemic, the clinical and scientific response, and prospects for the control and cure of HIV. Watch Nobel Laureate and a co-discoverer of HIV Françoise Barré-Sinoussi recall early studies leading to the identification of the causative agent of AIDS.

This Milestone is editorially independent, produced with financial support from a third party. About this content.