In 1981, researchers at UNC found themselves at the epicenter of a perfect storm — people with hemophilia, a painful disease that causes bleeds in the joints and requires weekly blood infusions, were contracting HIV through their treatments. But it was the curiosity of one man nearly 30 years prior that set in motion events that would open a vast field of research at UNC and draw in hundreds of researchers across the university. Kenneth Brinkhous’ research and determination altered the course of global public health. With the passage of the years outlined in this interactive timeline
, it would transform the life of a man named George McCoy and the lives of countless others like him who turned to UNC in a quest to survive.