National Museum of American History
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1st Floor, West Wing Floor Plan
This showcase examines the public health, scientific, and political responses in the early phase (1981-87) of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic through photographs, magazine covers, and other graphics. Also on view is equipment Dr. Jay Levy used to isolate the virus in his lab at the University of California, San Francisco; a copy of the Surgeon General’s 1986 report presenting the government’s position; samples of the drugs AZT and Retrovir; and public health information pamphlets from AIDS service organizations.