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They were all “previously healthy,” ranging in age from 29 to 36 years old. Yet the five young men had developed Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and had been treated at three Los Angeles hospitals between October 1980 and May 1981. Two had already died from their illness.
“The occurrence of pneumocystosis in these 5 previously healthy individuals without a clinically apparent underlying immunodeficiency is unusual,” according to the first report of AIDS, published 30 years ago today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “The fact that these patients were all homosexuals suggests an association between some aspect of a homosexual lifestyle or disease acquired through sexual contact and Pneumocystis pneumonia in this population.”