A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 2002

2002. TheBody.com Web site introduces its women and HIV section, under the direction of Editor Bonnie Goldman.

Linda Grinberg, activist and Project Inform Board Member, dies from complications of AIDS and pulmonary hypertension. When she was diagnosed in the early 1990s, she had a CD4 cell count of 30 and was told she had six months to live. She set out to beat the odds and began the process of HIV education and empowerment with a call to Project Inform. She quickly realized there was always something a person could do and that no one could predict how long a person with HIV would live.

Jennifer Holiday performs at the United States Conference on AIDS during the plenary lunch on housing.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters gives testimony during the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. During her testimony, she states, "I respectfully request that the subcommittee provide $2.5 billion for bilateral and multilateral HIV/AIDS programs to address the global HIV/AIDS pandemic in the Foreign Operation appropriations bill for fiscal year 2003."

The wives of the leaders of African nations start a new organization to help create a boost in continent-wide cooperation in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The organization is called the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announces plans to spend $28 million in Southern Africa to test whether the simple latex diaphragm used for birth control can also reduce a woman's risk of HIV infection.

HIV-positive women who have recently arrived in Britain are being denied free drugs to prevent them from passing the virus to their babies. The Terrence Higgins Trust responds, saying the policy is both "inhumane and a false economy." In one case, a pregnant student from Southern Africa was diagnosed with HIV at a hospital in central England. She was then questioned by more than one person from the hospital's finance department about her entitlement to care and told she would be charged for her HIV test. Additionally, she was told she could not receive any treatment to prevent mother-to-baby transmission of HIV unless she paid the full cost of it. The pregnant student contacted the Trust, which supported her in going to another hospital, out of the area, where the staff was prepared to interpret the regulations more generously.

Kim Eileen Anderson becomes the eighth executive director of AID Atlanta and the first African American to hold the position.