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A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Mainstream Recognition in the New Millennium

May 15, 2013


Sistas Organizing to Survive


The state of Florida sponsored its first-ever conference aimed at reducing the impact of HIV on black women. The three-day "S.O.S.: Sistas Organizing to Survive" conference urges attendees to get tested for HIV. The cosmetics company MAC also raises HIV awareness by naming singer Fergie as the newest spokesperson for its Viva Glam HIV/AIDS campaign.

A new study entitled, "Crack Cocaine, Disease Progression, and Mortality in a Multicenter Cohort of HIV-1 Positive Women," published in the journal AIDS, concluded that the "use of crack cocaine independently predicts AIDS-related mortality, immunologic and virologic markers of HIV-1 disease progression, and development of AIDS-defining illnesses among women."

In Swaziland, more than 1,500 mostly HIV-positive women protested the foreign shopping trip taken by eight of King Mswati's 13 wives. Protesters chanted slogans such as "We need to keep that money for antiretrovirals" and "We can't afford a shopping trip when a quarter of the nation lives on food aid."

(Credit: Sistas Organizing to Survive)

*** Photo: Sistas Organizing

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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