First HIV Drug Approved By FDA Turns 30

This past week, March 19th to be exact was the 30th anniversary of the day when FDA approved AZT (Zidovudine) brand name Retrovir, the first drug to treat HIV/AIDS.

This was 6 years after the first AIDS cases were reported to CDC in June 5th 1981 MMWR report, after cases were reported among healthy gay men in Los Angeles, California. These cases were seen by Dr Michael Gottlieb, MD.

This was the beginning of the discovery of all the antiretroviral drugs we have today, and HIV has gone from a death sentence of AIDS to a chronic manageable condition.

Today I was at the Los Angeles LGBT Center speaking and presenting to case managers and nurses.

I was on HIV Thrive’s Facebook Live… here is the video for you to see……….