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

May 15, 2013

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Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark

2003

The global epidemic crossed a significant threshold when, for the first time, according to new statistics, half of those living with HIV were women.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health released a press statement titled "Nevirapine Sustains Advantage Over AZT During Breastfeeding Period." The press release goes on to describe how infants who receive a single dose of the inexpensive drug nevirapine (Viramune) soon after birth -- and whose mothers took one dose of the same drug during labor -- were 41 percent less likely to acquire HIV at birth or during breastfeeding than infants in infant/mother pairs who were treated with a multi-dose regimen using AZT. Anthony Fauci states, "This landmark study could have far-reaching implications in resource-poor countries where breastfeeding and mother-to-child HIV transmission are both common."

Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, a transgender nun and founder of the website AIDS Education Global Information System (AEGiS), receives an award at the event Honoring Our Heroes 2003 in Chicago.

(Credit: Andrejkoymasky.com)



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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