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A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 1983

June 2012

31 Years at a Glance

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1983. Liz Smith, the nationally syndicated gossip columnist, is the first popular columnist to write about AIDS. Barbara Fabian Baird, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), becomes one of the first nurses to conduct AIDS research. The Women's AIDS Network is established. The CDC adds female sexual partners of men with AIDS as a "risk group." The New York Post headline reads "L.I. Grandma Dead of AIDS." The story goes on to describe how Lorraine DeSantis died from AIDS after receiving a blood transfusion in 1980.

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