Treatment Only Works if Someone Knows They Are Infected

It was in 1986 that AIDS became a widely publicized disease known to strike homosexual men and intravenous drug users. The word most often used to describe AIDS was "deadly," because there was no cure or effective treatment, and patients often died within months of diagnosis. Then the disease began to spread among women and the general population. A brief glimpse at statistics over the years shows how dramatically the AIDS epidemic among women has grown in this country.