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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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By 1986, women represented 7 percent of U.S. AIDS cases. As such, more and more women were taking on leadership roles in the fight against HIV. 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.

Caitlin Ryan was hired to co-author the first book on AIDS policy, AIDS: A Public Health Challenge. This book was 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.

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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