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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.
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