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Sunday, June 7th. It was in the first week of June 39 years ago that the Centers for Disease Control first described a baffling illness for 1981. A year later, it was officially named Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS.

The virus that causes the disease was identified in 1983 and named Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

Some 700,000 Americans have died of aids, while the worldwide toll is 32-million.

Nationally, there are some 38,000 new cases of AIDS reported each year, and just over a million people are currently living with the disease.

There are over 10,500 medical laboratories in America. There, seeking cures and treatments for AIDS, and lately coronavirus, joins other research conducted by nearly 200,000 employees.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

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