A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 1999

1999. Mary Fisher makes primetime news announcing that she is stopping combination therapy due to the side effects. Of new cases of AIDS reported in women, 68 percent were in ages 30-49, 18 percent were in ages 20-29 and 12 percent were in ages 50 and over. Overall, heterosexual transmission accounts for an estimated 62 percent of AIDS cases diagnosed among women between July 1999 and June 2000. The National Conference on Women and HIV is held in Los Angeles, CA. Over 1,000 women attend. This event is documented as the largest gathering of HIV-positive women in history. Worldwide, over one million women die of AIDS, the highest number so far in a single year.