On June 5, 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control published the first description of a mysterious disease in gay men that would later be named Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Thirty years later, AIDS has killed more than 25 million people worldwide and changed American institutions ranging from drug research to dating and diplomacy. Click on the image above for a graphic overview of the impact of the illness. Below are articles from today and the past looking at the progress of the disease over the years.

June 14, 1992

Outraged over indifference to AIDS, Act Up is rewriting the rules of protest

Act Up up will make you pay attention to AIDS - or die trying

March 17, 1996

How a better drug was found

This breakthrough might save the lives of people once doomed by an hiv-positive diagnosis.