In January, the service organization Gay Men’s Health Crisis  is founded by Larry Kramer, Nathan Fain,  Larry Mass, Paul Popham, Paul Rapoport, and Edmund White.

On July 27, the term AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is proposed at a meeting in Washingon of gay-community leaders, federal bureaucrats and the CDC to replace GRID (gay-related immune deficiency) as evidence showed it was not gay specific

On December 10, a baby in California becomes ill in the first known case of contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion.

By the end of the year, there were 270 reported cases of severe immune deficiency among gay men – 121 of them had died.