This Year Pronto Comics will be apart of the New York City AIDS Walk
Wanna Walk With US!
1981- The New York Times reports a “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals .” In New York City, six men unite to form the first AIDS hotline that was then known as the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.
1982 - The term AIDS (“Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome”) is used for the first time on July 27.
1985 - September 17: US President Ronald Reagan uses the word “AIDS” in public for the first time, nearly five years into his presidency. Film star Rock Hudson dies of AIDS.
1986 - 2,960 known deaths in the US. GMHC holds the first AIDS Walk New York.
1990 - AIDS activist Ryan White dies at the age of 18.
1991 - The red ribbon is introduced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and becomes an international symbol of AIDS awareness. Freddie Mercury dies.
1993 - The CDC, NIH, and FDA declare in a joint statement that condoms are “highly effective” for prevention of HIV infection. “Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s play about AIDS, wins the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize.
1996 - Cover stories hailing HIV/AIDS treatment breakthroughs and the “end” of the epidemic appear in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. However, the early optimism proves to be exaggerated as new infections continue to rise.
1997 - AIDS is now New York City’s leading cause of death for women ages 25 to 44.
1998 - An estimated 69,000 people in New York State have HIV but remain unaware of it.
2000 - One million Africans are newly infected with HIV this year. The UN Security Council discusses HIV/AIDS for the first time.
2002 - The FDA approves a new rapid HIV testing device.
2003 - First annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day held in the United States. Activists express deep reservations about a provision that gives abstinence programs a third of prevention funding.
2004 - GMHC launches a new Women’s Institute to explore new approaches to HIV prevention, particularly for women of color.
2006 - About 38.6 million people are estimated to be living with HIV and AIDS worldwide.
2009 - President Obama and the Office of National AIDS Policy unveil the “9 ½ Minutes” campaign. Every nine-and-a-half minutes, someone in the United States becomes infected with HIV, equaling more than 56,000 new infections each year.
2011 - AIDS Walk New York commemorates its 26th year as an event at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS.