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A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 1992

June 2012

1992. Mary Fisher addresses the Republican National Convention as a person living with AIDS and stated "I don't know what kind of reception my speech received. It was like an out-of-body experience. People told me afterwards that the room got completely silent while I spoke, which is unheard of at a convention. Afterwards, President Bush said I'd done a wonderful thing." Elizabeth Glaser gives a speech to the U.S. Democratic National Convention as a person living with AIDS.

A full page ad in The New York Times reads "Women Don't Get AIDS. They Just Die From It." Over 300 grass-roots groups signed the ad. The CDC expands the definition of AIDS to include: bacterial pneumonia, TB and stage III cervical cancer. Recurrent vaginal candidiasis (yeast infections) was also added as a symptom of HIV. This is a victory for women living with HIV. AIDS Survival Project creates the first support group for women living with HIV in Atlanta. Three women attend the first group.

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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