On World AIDS Day, a Look at the History of a Plague: LIFE Photos

The AIDS pandemic didn't just happen overnight. The disease, which probably made the leap to humans in the late 19th or early 20th century, had decades of neglect, ignorance, irresponsibility, and homophobia in which to ferment before becoming an all-out pandemic. A little-known illness from the African bush ultimately resulted in a death toll -- now 25 million, and counting -- that rivals our longest, costliest, and bloodiest wars.

Presented by

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Global

Just In