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A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: A Small but Growing Chorus in the 1980s

March 15, 2013

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Women's Organizations

1989

Bruce Lambert writes an article about Alison L. Gertz for the New York Times. A 22-year old New Yorker when diagnosed, Gertz had gotten sick and was never tested for HIV by doctors, who thought a young female non-drug-user could not be at risk. She later learned she had gotten it from a good friend who she had slept with once. Later, a movie starring Molly Ringwald was made about Alison's life.

Two important local organizations were formed in 1989: SisterLove, Inc., is founded by Dazon Dixon Diallo and is the first and oldest organization in Georgia to focus on the needs of women living with and at risk for HIV. BABES is founded by HIV-positive women in Seattle under the philosophy that HIV-positive women are uniquely qualified to understand and encourage one another.



Additional reporting was provided by Mathew Rodriguez, editorial project manager for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.

Check out the other slide shows in the series:

For a more complete timeline in text only, check out A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future, by Terri Wilder.


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