25 Years in 25 Days (1992): The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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This fall, the Brian Lehrer Show is marking 25 years of Brian at WNYC with a year-by-year look at stories that mattered from 1989 to 2014. Find the full schedule and lots more here.


In 1992, AIDS became the number one cause of death for U.S. men ages 25 to 44. Dr. Michael Gottlieb, assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, and co-author of the first report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; in 1981) identifying AIDS as a new disease, talks about what the fight against the disease was like then and how the battles have changed. Gina Kolata, science and medicine reporter for The New York Times, talks about covering HIV/AIDS for over 25 years and the changes she has seen in the national conversation about the disease.