35 Years of AIDS

On June 5, 1981, in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Dr. Michael Gottlieb reported cases of young gay men suffering from the same rare form of pneumonia, suggesting the possibility of a “cellular-immune dysfunction.” That is what we would come to know as AIDS.

Thirty-five years later, we honor the millions we have lost and stand committed to ending the epidemic once and for all.

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FACES OF APLA

Gilbert M

"Living with HIV should never be a barrier – and APLA’s advocacy and education programs are huge when it comes to changing attitudes toward the disease."

- APLA client Gilbert M.

Lisa M

"After I contracted HIV, I became sick and homeless, and I lost my only son. But thanks to APLA, I found safe shelter and a place to heal. Then, I got a mother's greatest gift -- I got my son back."

- APLA client Lisa M.

Noland B

"My APLA dentist restored my smile and changed my life. That's why APLA is like a second home to me."

- APLA client Noland B.

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