A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 2004

2004. The Gay Men's Health Crisis launches the new Women's Institute to concentrate its efforts and explore new approaches to HIV prevention, particularly for women of color.

A UNAIDS-initiated group is established by women and men committed to mitigating the impact of AIDS on women and girls. The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS is launched to raise support and to energize and drive AIDS-related programs and projects aimed at improving the daily lives of women and girls.

African Americans account for 67 percent of estimated female AIDS cases, but only 13 percent of the U.S. female population. Latinas accounted for 15 percent of estimated AIDS cases and 14 percent of the female population.

Human Rights Watch releases a report that states that women in the Dominican Republic are routinely subjected to involuntary HIV testing, and those who test positive are fired and denied adequate health care. "In the Dominican Republic, many women suffer double discrimination, both as women and as people living with HIV," said LaShawn R. Jefferson, Executive Director of the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. "This kind of discrimination only helps to fuel HIV/AIDS. Unless the Dominican government takes measures to address this core problem, it will find it difficult to combat the epidemic." The 50-page report, "A Test of Inequality: Discrimination Against Women Living With HIV in the Dominican Republic," documents the human rights violations women living with HIV suffer in the public health system as well as in the workplace.