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.
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.’
So sad to report the passing of my mentor and @amfar founder Dr. Mathilde Krim. The world is a healthier place and we are closer to a cure for HIV/AIDS because of her leadership. pic.twitter.com/jiqKeuDvjQ
— Mr. Kenneth Cole (@mr_kennethcole) January 16, 2018
Today marks a mammoth loss as we mourn the death of Dr. Mathilde Krim, a true leader in the fight against AIDS. Dr Krim co-founded @amfAR with Elizabeth Taylor & Dr. Michael Gottlieb in 1985 saving millions of lives around the globe. Her impact on humanity will never be forgotten pic.twitter.com/KMJUrgYhER
— Elizabeth Taylor (@ElizabethTaylor) January 16, 2018
— ACT UP New York (@actupny) January 16, 2018
Yet another sad loss today: Rest in peace, Dr. Mathilde Krim, who was the founding chairman of the American Foundation for AIDS Research. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Krim at numerous @amfAR benefits over the years. She was truly an inspiration. #MathildeKrim pic.twitter.com/Th0YZyXlV5
— James Patrick Herman (@TheGlamourGuy) January 16, 2018
Dr Mathilde Krim, one of the great warriors against AIDS, a woman who battled stupidity and fear and bigotry from the beginning, a woman that millions owe their lives to, has died at 91. A true American hero! Bravo for a life well lived. Thank you, dear Dr Krim,
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) January 16, 2018
Heartbroken to read of Mathilde Krim’s passing. Her life’s work has saved and improved countless lives around the world. https://t.co/lHqng0r9Gq
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) January 16, 2018