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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

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Mary Fisher

1992

Mary Fisher addressed 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." Dan Shaw of the New York Times described the speech as "one of the best American speeches of the 20th century." That same year, Elizabeth Glaser gives a speech at the U.S. Democratic National Convention as a person living with AIDS.

The CDC also expanded the definition of AIDS to include: bacterial pneumonia, tuberculosis and stage 3 cervical cancer. Recurrent vaginal candidiasis (yeast infections) was also added as a symptom of HIV. This was a victory for women living with HIV.



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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