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A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 1986

June 2012


31 Years at a Glance

1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
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1986. Women represent seven percent of U.S. AIDS cases. Marie St. Cyr, a Haitian-born social worker, becomes the first director of the New York-based Women and AIDS Resource Network (WARN) after it is formed by several women living with and affected by HIV. Silvana Strangis dies after battling cryptococcosis.


Caitlin Ryan is hired to co-author the first book on AIDS policy, AIDS: A Public Health Challenge. This book is distributed to all members of Congress, governors, mayors, and key public officials and served as the basis for many of the recommendations of the first Presidential Commission on AIDS.


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