June 27 is National HIV Testing Day.
National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) – an annual observance to promote HIV testing. The National Association of People with AIDS founded it in 1995
and continues to lead its implementation each year.
The first cases of what would later become known as AIDS were reported in the U.S. in June of 1981. Since then, 1.7 million
people in the U.S. are estimated to have been infected with HIV, including over 615,000 who have already died and more than 1.1 million
estimated to be living with the disease today.
LifeScience Moment: Congress passed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
On June 25, 1938, Congress passed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with new
provisions. President Roosevelt signed it into law which for the first time
required manufacturers to show that a drug was safe before it could be marketed.
The 1938 act followed a therapeutic disaster when over 100 tragic deaths in 15 states,
as far east as Virginia and as far west as California were associated with an untested
medicine, Elixir Sulfanilamide, manufactured by S. E. Massengill Company in Bristol,
Tennessee (now part of GlaxoSmithKline). The regulatory authorities granted by this
law are still in effect today.
Life Science Evolution...
It's a Small World
"To say that a man is made up of certain chemical elements is a satisfactory description only for those who intend to use him as a fertilizer."
Hermann Joseph Muller, U. S. geneticist. Nobel prize for medicine 1946