On January 17, NCI scientists and their collaborators published the
genome of HTLV-III in Nature.
On March 7, the first AIDS antibody test, an ELISA-type test, was
On April 15-17, the first International AIDS Conference was held in
Atlanta, sponsored by NIH, CDC, and FDA; the Alcohol, Drug Abuse,
and Mental Health Administration; the Health Resources and Services
Administration; and the World Health Organization (WHO). An international
network of Collaborating Centres on AIDS was formed.
The CDC reported 10,000 cases of AIDS in the United States with 4,942
The CDC revised the case definition of AIDS to include additional
specific disease conditions and to exclude people as AIDS cases if
they had a negative result on testing for serum antibody to HTLV-III/LAV.
United Press International reported that actor Rock Hudson had AIDS.
Indiana teen Ryan White, a hemophiliac suffering from AIDS, was refused
entry to school.
The U.S. military services began testing for the AIDS virus among
Rock Hudson died on October 2. He was the first major public figure
to die of AIDS. Public fear about AIDS increased dramatically.
Publication of a finding that the AIDS virus is present in saliva
increased public fears about AIDS.