AIDS.gov joins our colleagues at organizations such as amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), and POZ in recognizing the passing of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011). In addition to being known as an Oscar-winning actress, Ms. Taylor was truly committed to responding to HIV from the early days of the epidemic. In particular, she was dedicated to research and addressing discrimination and stigma around HIV. The HIV community is so grateful for all of her efforts.
I had the honor of meeting Ms. Taylor in 1986 when she was testifying at a congressional hearing and demanded action to be taken in response to AIDS. I encourage you to watch the following video from amFAR that pays tribute to some of Ms. Taylor’s efforts in the response to HIV: