Celebrating Women in the Fight to Eliminate HIV/AIDS
March 13, 2013
This month, we’re taking the time to honor women and girls in the United States and around the world who are focused on the fight against HIV as we celebrate Women’s History Month. We’re sharing stories, interviews, and perspectives from women and girls, and remembering our own powerful legacy of women involved in creating an AIDS-free generation.
We'll be updating this page each time a new blog highlighting a different woman is published, so check back frequently!
Susie Zeegen, Susan DeLaurentis
and Elizabeth Glaser (L-to-R).
We kicked off Women's History Month with a photo of Elizabeth Glaser, Susie Zeegen (left), and Susan DeLaurentis (center), the three amazing women who set out to save Elizabeth's son Jake, and ended up changing the world. Read more
Dr. Deborah Persaud
The world was stunned recently by news of a baby in Mississippi who was functionally cured of HIV. The lead author of the case study was Dr. Deborah Persaud, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins University and a 2005 recipient of the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award (EGSA). Read more about her research, her focus on eliminating pediatric HIV, and how EGPAF's support changed her career. Read more
Janice McCall (right) and Josephine
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Nabukenya (Photo: EGPAF)
As news was breaking about the baby in Mississippi who was functionally cured of HIV, we were getting ready to celebrate an awareness day that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact women and girls in the United States. Read more
Janice McCall (Photo: EGPAF)
Foundation Ambassador Janice McCall is one of thousands of young adults who have grown up living with HIV. As part of this population of individuals who have lived their entire childhoods fighting a deadly virus, she has and will continue to experience obstacles many others will never have to face. Below, Janice shares one of those experiences – her path to adulthood and discovering how just how complicated being an HIV-positive adult can be. Read more
Around the world and in our own backyard, women are fighting for the rights of women and girls and for an AIDS-free generation. One of these women is Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), a Washington, D.C.-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to “promote the sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women and girls globally by shaping the development and implementation of U.S policies.” Read more
Olivia Culpo (Photo: EGPAF)
On March 10, we celebrated National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It was a day to recognize how AIDS affects women and girls in the United States. It was a day to reflect on 30 years of the epidemic, and how it has impacted our young people. It was a day to take a stand. Read more about how Miss Universe 2012 stood with women worldwide to fight for the end of AIDS. Read more.
Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.