From the first AIDS case on June 5, 1981 until now, black Americans have been significantly affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Even though HIV was initially painted as a gay white man’s disease, black Americans were among those early cases, having to visit a house of recovery often to ease their symptoms at first. Now, they account for almost half of people with HIV in the U.S. and nearly half of new infections each year. Take a look through the last three decades at the key moments in the history of HIV/AIDS in the black community.