ryanwhite-announcements-650x223 Announcement Date: January 1, 1985
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first test to screen for HIV antibodies – the body produces antibodies as part of its response to fight diseases; blood banks begin screening the blood supply for HIV antibodies.
  • Ryan White becomes a national figure and HIV spokesperson when his Indiana middle school blocks him from attending and Rock Hudson – a movie star – dies from AIDS-related causes.

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