A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 2001

2001. UNAIDS found that in India women are often blamed by their parents and in-laws for infecting their husbands or for not controlling their partners urges to have sex with other women. At a conference in Chicago, conference attendee Judy Delmar stated, "This disease does not necessarily behave the same way in both genders. It's just a different disease in women." (The statement was made in response to the need for women to be included in clinical drug trials and other AIDS-related research.) An article written by Jane P. Fowler, on persons living with HIV over 50, is published in Positive Living. Jane is a woman living with HIV who was diagnosed at the age of 55 and is the co-chair of the National Association on HIV over Fifty. Dr. Mathilde Krim, Founding Chairman and Chairman of the Board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), receives the African-America Institute's Award for Individual Vision and Achievement.

The Natural Family Living magazine, Mothering, cover page article is "HIV-Positive Moms Say No to AIDS Drug; Special Report: HIV, Families & Medical Justice." Many of the articles describe the stories of several HIV-positive women who chose not to use anti-HIV medications during pregnancy in order to avoid the possibility of side effects and toxins that could affect their unborn child. Another article describes one HIV-positive woman's fight to breast feed her child despite her doctor's protest. Blood Ties: The Stories of Five Positive Women, edited by Salli Trathen, is available in print. This book describes the lives of five Australian women who are living with HIV/AIDS. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services releases "A Guide to the Clinical Care of Women with HIV" (PDF), the first manual specifically written about medical care for HIV-positive women.

After six years as the Director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Dr. Helene Gayle resigns to become the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's senior advisor on HIV. Korrin Krause, a sixteen year old girl living with HIV, is fired from her job at the Quality Foods IGA in Wisconsin. A store representative stated that he did not want other store workers "to take this (HIV) home to our families." The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sided with Krause in May, however, a settlement has not been reached.