aidsquilt-650x223 Announcement Date: October 1, 1996
  • Combinations of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) – treating people living with HIV with three medications – becomes the standard in treating HIV.
  • AIDS is no longer the leading cause of death for those aged 25-44, except among African Americans.
  • Newly diagnosed cases drop for the first time since 1981.
  • In October, all 38,000 coffin-sized panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt are displayed for the last time; it blankets the entire National Mall (146 acres) in Washington, DC.

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