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

March 15, 2013


Giving Blood


By 1982, women diagnosed with HIV are classified under the risk category of "prostitutes," even though woman are gaining more visibility in the HIV/AIDS community.

Mary Richards Johnstone, a wealthy woman from the affluent suburb of Belvedere, Calif., receives 20 units of blood from Irwin Memorial Blood Bank in San Francisco during heart surgery, and is later diagnosed with AIDS. She was later portrayed by Swoosie Kurtz in the TV movie And the Band Played On.

Additional reporting was provided by Mathew Rodriguez, editorial project manager for and

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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