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

May 15, 2013


Cape Town banner and activist


This was a busy year outside the U.S. The wives of the leaders of African nations started a new organization to help create a boost in continent-wide cooperation in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The group was called the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced plans to spend $28 million in Southern Africa to test whether the simple latex diaphragm used for birth control can also reduce a woman's risk of HIV infection.

HIV-positive women who have recently arrived in Britain are being denied free drugs to prevent transmission of the virus to their babies. The Terrence Higgins Trust responds, saying the policy is both "inhumane and a false economy." In one case, a pregnant student from Southern Africa was diagnosed with HIV at a hospital in central England. She was then questioned by more than one person from the hospital's finance department about her entitlement to care and told she would be charged for her HIV test. Additionally, she was told she could not receive any treatment to prevent mother-to-baby transmission of HIV unless she paid the full cost of it.

(Credit: World Bank Photo Collection)

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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