Yesterday would have been the 66th birthday of Elizabeth Glaser. Elizabeth – a mother, wife and American AIDS activist – contracted HIV from a contaminated blood transfusion while giving birth to her daughter in 1981. Four years later, she learned that she had HIV and had unknowingly passed the virus to her daughter through breast milk and to her son in utero.
I was first fascinated by Elizabeth’s story during my freshman year of college. But it wasn’t until I started working in health communications that I realized the incredible impact of her determination, persistence and passion to help her children and children around the world living with HIV/AIDS.