WHAT ELSE WAS HAPPENING IN 1989?

AIDS became the second-leading cause of death among men ages 25 – 44.

Number of known deaths from AIDS in the U.S.: 14,544

Number of reported AIDS cases in the U.S. reached 100,000.

U.S. Congress created the National Commission on AIDS, which first met on Sept. 18.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, endorsed giving people living with HIV access to experimental treatments.

The FDA licensed the first diagnostic kit to detect HIV-1 by directly detecting the virus’s antigens.

AIDS rates increased 32.6 percent in nonurban areas.

CDC released the first guidelines to prevent Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP), an opportunistic infection that was a major cause of death among people with AIDS.