As we mark HIV Plus's 10-year anniversary, we look back over the course of the pandemic to take stock of some of the history making events as well as advances and setbacks in fighting the virus
20 YEARS AGO
> The World Health Organization marks the first World AIDS Day.
> The first U.S. needle-exchange programs begin in Tacoma, Wash., New York City, and San Francisco.
> Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mail the brochure 'Understanding AIDS' to 107 million U.S. households, the first and only national mailing of its kind.
15 YEARS AGO
> Hundreds of activists descend on Washington, D.C., to lobby lawmakers for more federal AIDS funds as part of the first AIDS Watch.
> The Food and Drug Administration approves the female condom for U.S. sale.
> Tony Kushner's play about AIDS, Angels in America, wins a Pulitzer Prize and four Tony awards.
5 YEARS AGO
> The first National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is held.
> President George W. Bush announces the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a five-year, $15 billion plan to fight AIDS in developing nations.