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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


Iris De La Cruz


In 1993, the "female condom" is approved, allowing women a tool for taking control of their own HIV prevention and sexual health. Kristin Gebbie is appointed the first director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. In response to a protest by ACT UP's Lesbian Caucus, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala forms a Lesbian AIDS Task Force.

"In March of 1993, Iris House, a center for Latina and African-American women diagnosed with AIDS, opens its door in East Harlem, N.Y. This program came to fruition through nearly a decade of work by the Women and AIDS Working Group, and was named for Latina HIV activist Iris De La Cruz, who did not live to see the doors of Iris House open to the women she was fighting to help. Iris House began working with a staff of three, providing transitional services for women who were afraid of what would happen to their children and families when they died.

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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