Past, present and future: 30 years of HIV research

Nat Rev Microbiol. 2013 Dec;11(12):877-83. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro3132. Epub 2013 Oct 28.


This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of the study that first reported the isolation of HIV-1. In this Timeline article, we provide a historical perspective of some of the major milestones in HIV science, highlighting how translational research has affected treatment and prevention of HIV. Finally, we discuss some of the current research directions and the scientific challenges ahead, in particular in the search for a cure for HIV.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / history*
  • Biomedical Research / trends*
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy*
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • HIV Infections / virology
  • HIV-1 / drug effects
  • HIV-1 / immunology
  • HIV-1 / isolation & purification
  • HIV-1 / pathogenicity*
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century