Threads of Remembrance : AZT

Zidovudine (AZT) became the first FDA approved drug to treat HIV/AIDS, in 1987. AZT was hastily tested as the AIDS epidemic grew, and many with the disease were desperate for anything that might offer them another year of life. AZT was initially administered in high doses, and was later found to be toxic, causing anemia and other side effects. Those taking the drug also became resistant to its beneficial effects, making it an effective treatment for only about a year.

[News Clip: AZT Treatment] on The Portal to Texas History.