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Florida HIV Timeline


By ANTIGONE BARTON
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer


PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION


1981: Cases of a deadly syndrome with symptoms that include Kaposi’s Sarcoma, a skin cancer, and Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia are first reported. In June, the first case is reported in Florida. By the end of the year, 8 cases have been reported statewide.

1982: The syndrome is called AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 66*

1983: AIDS surveillance officially begins in Florida.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 236

1984: HIV is identified as the virus that causes AIDS.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 545

1985: The Food and Drug Administration approves the first HIV antibody test and national screening of the blood supply.
In Florida, 6,155 HIV tests are carried out, and 22 percent: 1,404: show HIV infection.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 1,090

1986: A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the state of Florida concludes that mosquitoes do not transmit HIV.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 2,111

1987: Florida becomes first state to set up voluntary HIV counseling and testing in all public health centers.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 3,748

1988: The Florida Omnibus AIDS Act prohibits discrimination against those with HIV/AIDS.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 6,327

1989: Medicaid Waiver Program for AIDS care established.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 9,766

1990: In Florida, 143,877 HIV tests are carried out, and 4.5 percent: 6,540: show HIV infection.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 13,487

1991: Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 18,788

1992: Gov. Lawton Chiles commissions panel to address HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment issues.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 24,174

1993: AIDS definition, which has included people sick with opportunistic infections, is expanded to include those with immune cell counts lower than 200.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 34,130

1994: Giving AZT to HIV-infected pregnant women reduces mother-to-child transmission by two-thirds.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 42,159

1995: In Florida, 215,296 HIV tests are carried out, and 2.2 percent: 4,799: show HIV infection.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 49,766

1996: With a series of anti-AIDS medications approved for patient use, the annual number of HIV/AIDS deaths decreases in Florida for the first time, dropping 29 percent from 4,336 in 1995 to 3,093 in 1996.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 56,591

1997: Officials estimate that 90,000 Floridians are living with HIV/AIDS. HIV infection reporting begins in Florida with 2,136 HIV cases reported.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 62,108

1998: Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 67,129

1999: A statewide Minority HIV/AIDS coordinator is appointed and eight regional minority AIDS coordinators.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 72,102

2000: The number of people dying of AIDS in Florida jumps 5.4 percent to 1,631, the first increase since 1998.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 76,721

2001: A federally funded study reveals that crucial targets, including immigrants and black residents, are being ignored in HIV prevention and care efforts.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 81,354

2002: HIV/AIDS fact sheet translated into Haitian Creole is produced.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 86,112

2003: Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 90,627

2004: HIV continues to be the leading cause of death among black men and women in Florida between the ages of 25 to 44. It is the fifth leading cause of death for white men, and seventh leading cause of death for white women in that age group in Florida.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 96,144

2005: Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 101,013

2006: Statewide in 2006, 1,746 people died of AIDS, bringing the epidemic’s death toll in Florida to an estimated 45,888 people. More than a half million people in the United States were estimated to have died from AIDS by the end of 2006.
Cumulative Florida AIDS cases: 105,476




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