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A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 1982

June 2012

1982. Women are sick and dying, falling through the cracks. Those women diagnosed with this illness are classified under the risk category of "prostitutes." An article in The Wall Street Journal states that male and female drug users are being affected by GRID. Mary Richards Johnstone, a wealthy woman from the affluent suburb of Belvedere, receives twenty units of blood from Irwin Memorial Blood Bank in San Francisco during heart surgery. She is later diagnosed with AIDS.

This article was provided by Terri Wilder. It is a part of the publication A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future.


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