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30 Years Later: Progress on AIDS but Stigma, Uncertainty Remain

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Dr. Michael Gottlieb (L) recently spoke at the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center Conference in Kansas City. Rose Farnan (R) is a nurse at Truman Medical Center who's been treating patients with HIV in Kansas City since the '80s.

By Elana Gordon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – 30 years ago this June, Dr. Michael Gottlieb - a physician in Los Angeles - documented the very first cases of HIV/AIDs in the United States. Shortly after that, Rose Farnan - a nurse at Truman Medical Center - began caring for people with HIV/AIDS in Kansas City. Since that time, much has changed in what's known about HIV/AIDS and how it's treated. But both Gottlieb - at a national level - and Farnan - at a local level - remain dedicated to fighting the disease. KCUR's Elana Gordon recently caught up with the two of them. Dr. Gottlieb says he still vividly remembers those initial days of the disease.

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