HIV/AIDS Pioneer Dr. Mathilde Krim Dies At 91

Activist Peter Staley writes on Facebook:

My greatest AIDS hero died a few hours ago. Dr. Mathilde Krim, founder of amfAR, warrior against homophobia and AIDS-related stigma, dedicated defender of science and public health, and mother-figure and mentor to countless activists, will leave a deep hole in the continued fight against AIDS — a fight she dedicated her life to. She was 91.

Journalist Andy Humm writes:

All honor to the great Dr. Mathilde Krim, founder of AmFAR (started as the AIDS Medical Foundation in 1983), who died today at 91–a giant in the fight against HIV and AIDS bringing both scientific and fundraising savvy and celebrities to the cause in the worst years of the AIDS pandemic. A tireless brilliant, calm, steady voice for healing, research, compassion and justice. Millions owe her their lives.

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson writes:

Today the world lost the one of the most important figures in the history of the fight against HIV/AIDS. Founder of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), Dr. Mathilde Krim devoted her life to ending HIV/AIDS and inspired countless others to do the same. From early days of the AIDS epidemic, when fear, misinformation and discrimination abounded, she raised public awareness about the epidemic and generated funds for medical research that helped lead to life saving treatments.

As an HIV positive man who has been living with the virus for over 13 years, I know that I would not be alive today without the efforts of Dr. Mathilde Krim. I met her during my first trip to New York City, at age 18. Little did I know the important role she would play in my life.  My thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of Dr. Krim. Her legacy will live on in the countless lives she saved.

(Via Towleroad)