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Pioneer for AIDS research Mathilde Krim dies at 91

Pioneer for AIDS research Mathilde Krim dies at 91

Mathilde Krim, AIDS research pioneer, dies at 91

Mathilde Krim, a pioneering AIDS activist and researcher, has died at the age of 91.

When the vast majority of the population saw gay people as sickening and HIV as a fearful and shameful disease, Kim was a virologist that refused to let these men die.

She was the forefront of the fight against the virus, when it was deadly in the 1980s and 90s.

Maltilde Krim, AIDS research pioneer, dies at 91

Krim was a founding chair of amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, alongside Elizabeth Taylor.

An amFAR spokesperson said: ‘Today, we mourn the passing of our beloved Founding Chairman, Mathilde Krim, Ph.D.

‘As founding chairman, and chairman of the board from 1990 to 2004, she was the heart & soul of the organization, and guided it with extraordinary dedication.’

Krim was an outspoken advocate for safe-sex practices and heavily supported needle exchange programs.

She advocated for legislation to protect gay people against discrimination and opposed mandatory HIV tests that could be used a a way of outing and attacking LGBTI people.

Tributes

Many have paid tribute to Krim, who died at her home in New York.

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who is HIV positive, said: ‘I know I would not be alive today without the efforts of Dr Mathilde Krim.’