BY HIV Plus Editors
July 01 2008 12:00 AM ET
21 Years Ago
> AZT is the first drug to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration to combat HIV.
> ACT UP is established in New York City.
> The AIDS Memorial Quilt is displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the first time.
> Congress enacts the Helms Amendment, which prohibits federal funds for AIDS education efforts that 'promote or encourage, directly or indirectly, homosexual activities.'
14 Years Ago
> AIDS becomes the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44.
> The U.S. Public Health Service recommends pregnant women use AZT to reduce perinatal HIV transmission risks.
>The FDA approves the first oral HIV antibody test.
7 Years Ago
> The United Nations General Assembly holds its first special session on AIDS.
> The first annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is held.
> The World Trade Organization's 'Doha agreement' allows poor countries to make or buy generic versions of patented anti-HIV drugs.