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In 1982 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially named the condition AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). In 1984 the virus responsible for weakening the immune system was identified as HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).How many people have died from AIDS?
Since the epidemic began, an estimated 21.8 million people have died of AIDS (17.5 million adults and 4.3 million children under 15).Where did AIDS begin?
From the research, the scientists concluded the AIDS virus traveled from its origins in Africa to islands in the Caribbean. From there, it migrated to New York as early as 1970, where it spread rapidly.When was the first case of HIV diagnosed?
Over decades, the virus slowly spread across Africa and later into other parts of the world. The earliest known case of infection with HIV-1 in a human was detected in a blood sample collected in 1959 from a man in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.