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A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Turning Up the Volume on Women's Voices in the 1990s

April 9, 2013


Cook County Hospital


The year 1990 held a lot of watershed moments for women living with HIV. The estimated number of women worldwide living with HIV is at 3 million. The First National Women and HIV Conference is held, and women with HIV lead an ACT UP protest at the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to expand the definitions of AIDS to include women-specific diseases. Ninety-four women were arrested at that demonstration.

In Chicago, Cook County Hospital (the only hospital with an AIDS ward in Chicago) refuses to admit women, stating they don't have a women's AIDS ward. Gay and lesbian activists set up a ward in the street in front of the hospital. While 35 activists are arrested, two days later, the hospital admitted women with AIDS for the first time.

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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