HIV in the 1980s

Not too many people knew about the HIV AIDS epidemic in the 1970s. It was mistaken for a kind of cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma, wherein a person gets weaker by the day. No one could figure out the reason behind such weakness and loss of immunity until the 1980s, when the disease took the shape of pandemic and expanded its tentacles in all the four largest continents, USA, Europe, Africa and Asia. There was no other option, but to contemplate on HIV in the 1980s it, as it demanded so many lives around the globe.

HIV in the 1980s took a new turn. It gave new hopes to mankind against the disease, as it could figure out the basic nature, causes, and then gradually, partially effective vaccines for the disease were made. The 1980s is considered the “beginning” of AIDS, as it affected more and more people. It was also the nascent stage of AIDS awareness, as people could understand the main reason behind the growing number of incurable opportunistic diseases like pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Till then, no one had any clue regarding things like how the disease transmitted, who can have the disease, or how can a person acquire the disease. A number of landmark events followed

The other advanced diagnostic methods like oral AIDS testing and rapid AIDS resting were only invented after 1990s, when AIDS as an epidemic became more familiar to the world.

HIV in the 1980s was not familiar as an epidemic in the other parts of the world. It slowly came to prominence in USA due to its advanced biotechnology. With the diagnosis of HIV in less than 3,000 patients, they took immediate efforts to fight it. However, in Africa, though the statistics of HIV patients were much more than that in USA (it reached almost a lakh in certain parts of Africa), it could not do much about it due to lack of good infrastructure. Africa could not even detect the existence of the disease and its causes, until it was aided by USA and WHO. However, by the time, it came to notice, it became quite difficult for Africa to handle HIV in the 1980s situation.