In 1981 Dr. Paul Volberding was doing rounds on his first day at San Francisco General when he found a patient who presented symptoms of a rare cancer, Kaposi Sarcoma. He reported his findings. Hundreds of more would follow. The AIDS epidemic was born. The compassionate care patients found in the nation’s first AIDS ward at SF General showed the best of the Bay Area.
Watch the video above to hear from Dr. Paul Volberding, director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, describe where the idea for a concentrated AIDS unit first came from.
TUNE IN: For our latest installment of "Bay Area Revelations: Rebels and Revolutions." The untold stories of the people, places, and events which transformed the Bay Area and shaped the nation. The stories of the women and men who stood at the epicenter of historic cultural and political shifts will be revealed, May 9 at 9 p.m. on NBC Bay Area.