A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 1984

1984. Margaret Heckler, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, announces that Dr. Robert Gallo has found the cause of AIDS. She also announces the development of a diagnostic blood test to identify the virus and suggests that a vaccine against AIDS could be produced in two years. Caitlin Ryan, a social worker, becomes the first executive director of AID Atlanta. AID Atlanta is the oldest AIDS Service Organization (ASO) in the Southeast.

"There will be a vaccine in a few years and a cure for AIDS before 1990."

-- Margaret Heckler