Thirty years ago, the Center for Disease Control published a paper identifying a new disease they called Gay Related Immunodeficiency, or GRID. Three decades later, AIDS has claimed more than 30 million deaths worldwide. Dr. Mark Kaplan, a specialist in infectious disease, remembers treating patients when no one knew the source of their illness.
Rick Vila moved to San Francisco in 1981 on the day the Center for Disease Control released its initial report on the disease. It was a time when many were dying and the cause was not clear. Rick contracted the virus in 1988 and has been living with it for more than 20 years.