In March, the FDA approves ELISA, the first commercial blood test for HIV. Blood banks began to screen donations.
About a month later, the first International AIDS Conference happens in Atlanta.
In December, Dwight Burk dies of AIDS at 20 months old. He’s believed to be the first child of a hemophiliac to be born with the condition. His father, Patrick, got the disease from regular doses of blood clotting concentrates. Before he knew he had the disease, he passed it to his wife, Lauren, who became pregnant with Dwight.