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Dr. Anthony Fauci on 40 years of HIV, the pursuit to find a cure, and what’s next in the fight to end the virus

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been this country’s public guide through the storm of COVID-19, also got his start in the midst of another pandemic: HIV/AIDS, which first appeared in the United States 40 years ago this June. “I thought it was a fluke,” Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director since 1984, tells Yahoo Life. “And then one month later, 26 — curiously, all gay — men, otherwise previously well, were presenting not only with the strange pneumonia, but with also an unusual cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma and other opportunistic infections.” Here Fauci shares the pursuit to find a cure, why we have yet to develop a vaccine, and what’s next in the fight to end HIV.