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In Response to the AIDS Crisis: Records of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 1983-1994

Briefing books, hearing and meeting transcripts, reports, and press clippings document the activities of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (NCAIDS).

An intuitive platform makes it all cross-searchable by subject or collection.

Date Range: 1983-1994
Content: 37,091 pages
Source Library: History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine


NCAIDS was an independent body created in 1989 by federal statute with the mission to advise Congress and the President on the development of “a consistent national policy” concerning the HIV epidemic. The statute created the Commission for a period of up to four years, which expired on September 3, 1993.

The Commission's hearings covered a wide variety of topics concerning AIDS:

  • Healthcare, treatment, and international aspects of the HIV epidemic
  • Federal, state, and local government responsibilities
  • Epidemics in Southern California and Puerto Rico
  • Executive and Legislative branch issues
  • Current research and clinical trials
  • African American communities
  • Pediatric and adolescent HIV
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities among Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders
  • Women and HIV
  • Religious communities response
  • And risks of transmission in healthcare settings.

Comprised of four series, In Response to the AIDS Crisis: Records of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 1983-1994 supports research in the history of medicine, American studies, public policy, government and politics, social history, human rights, and sociology.  The four series include:

  1. Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic, 1987-1988
  2. Briefings and Transcripts of Hearings and Meetings, 1989-1992
  3. Press Coverage and Reports, 1989-1993
  4. Reports on AIDS from External Institutions and Government Agencies, 1983-1993

Of particular interest to researchers is the Commission's final report entitled AIDS: An Expanding Tragedy, which serves as a summary of the Commission's activities and includes a detailed chronology of its activities and provides an extensive list of all hearings, site visits, reports, and publications related to the Commission.

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