A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 1981

1981.The first case of GRID, which will later be referred to as AIDS, is reported. Five women are among those diagnosed. Sandra Ford, a drug technician for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), officially notes an increase in requests for pentamidine for the treatment of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). A paper napkin will later be taped to Sandra's door stating: "In this office in April 1981, Sandra Ford discovered the epidemic that would later be know as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome."