A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 2000

2000. In the South of the United States, more women with AIDS report their exposure as heterosexual contact than injecting drug use and approximately three to four times more cases are reported from the South than from the Midwest and West. Forty-five thousand 15 to 44-year-old women are reported to be living with AIDS in the United States. Sixty-three percent of women reported with AIDS are African-American. Ofra Haza, internationally known Israeli singer, dies of AIDS in Tel Aviv. Coretta Scott King launches the AIDS Memorial Quilt to black colleges and Universities. One of four pregnant women in South Africa are reported to be living with HIV.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) passes the Clinical Hold Rule. This allows the FDA to delay or suspend any clinical trial that's found to exclude women (or men) because of their "reproductive potential." This dramatically increases the opportunity for women with HIV to take advantage of drug trials and other treatment research. Valerie Reeder-Bey along with her granddaughter Annisha Monic Wilburn publish "My Grandma Has AIDS: Annisha's Story." Valerie has been living with HIV since the late 1980s and is the co-founder of Heaven In View, Inc. "A Positive Force."