- The B.C. Centre for Disease Control offers the first HIV tests. Daphne Spencer is one of the nurses, still to date, administering the tests. LINK
- Vancouver commemorates the friends and family who died of AIDS, in a Cherry Tree Memorial Grove planted at Stanley Park. LINK
- AIDS Vancouver opens its first office location at 1033 Davie.
- AIDS Vancouver’s poster campaign is launched, urging at-risk people to get tested and refrain from donating blood.
- AIDS Vancouver receives its first funding, in June they receive $150,000 from the Federal government and subsequently in August $50,000 from the municipal government.
- AIDS Vancouver announces its first Executive Director, Bob Tivey. LINK
- Vancouver holds its first AIDS Candlelight Memorial
- Mechai Viravaidya, 'The Condom King' in Thailand starts a safer sex campaign, reducing HIV new infections. LINK
- Cleve Jones creates the first panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. LINK
- Actor Rock Hudson openly admits to having AIDS, one of the first public figures to announce his status. He dies later that year. LINK
- amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research is founded in New York. LINK
- Ryan White, a HIV positive hemophilic teenager, is banned from going to school. LINK
- Major blood suppliers in the US begin testing blood products for HIV LINK
- Buddies, an American drama releases. It is the first film to deal with the AIDS pandemic. LINK