End of transmission may be in sight after nearly three decades of medical advances
In 1982, one year after the first Aids-related death in the UK, the DJ and Hansard reporter Terry Higgins died. His partner, Rupert Whitaker, and friends established what would become the Terrence Higgins Trust, now the UK’s leading HIV charity, in his memory.
Meanwhile, there was widespread media coverage of the mysterious new condition, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (Aids), initially known as “gay-related immune deficiency”. In 1983, scientists discovered the virus behind it, now known as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A few years later, tests for HIV were approved.
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