26 Powerful Photos Of The US AIDS Crisis In The ’80s

In 1981, the first cases of the illness were reported. By the end of the decade, the World Health Organization had estimated up to 400,000 present cases of HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Marchers in a pride parade through New York City in June 1983.

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Westchester County correctional officers in New York in charge of inmates in the hospital ward wear special garb due to the uncertainty of AIDS, June 15, 1983.

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Priscilla Diaz, 36, is reunited with her children Jasmin, 7, and twins Saul and Christian, 5, at her home in the Bronx, New York City. Hospital officials said Diaz contracted HIV from her husband, a drug abuser who had died due to AIDS several months prior.

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Two Christian residents of New York City protest the gay rights bill being discussed by Congress that would guarantee equality regardless of sexual orientation.

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