Patching Holes in the Safety Net

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Special Report: Policy & Advocacy Congress returns to session this week to face a breathtaking pile of fall work. Disaster relief and the Supreme Court vacancies will occupy much of lawmakers’ energy, but they’ve got other pressing concerns too. They must pass a budget for the coming fiscal year, including for AIDS work. And they …

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A Talk with HIV

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: In Times Like These… By ‘Rolake Odetoyinbo Hey you, I guess you’re called HIV. Now, listen to me and listen attentively. Open your hyper-active, blocked ears and let’s talk. I think I’ve ignored you long enough and now you think you reign. This is the very last time you’re going to cause me discomfort. I’m …

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The CDC’s Tale of David and Goliath

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Newsmaker By Rashad Burgess Rashad Burgess is a program officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the 2005 HIV Prevention Leadership Summit in late July, Burgess, a black gay man who has been working in HIV since early in the epidemic, delivered the following keynote address. The annual meeting brings together organizations, individuals …

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Revolution in the Heartland

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Cook County Rep. Constance Howard led the Illinois legislature in drafting the African American HIV/AIDS Response Act. By Keith Green Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed on to a first-of-its-kind bill last Friday, August 19th, that launches his state into a massive, government-wide initiative to address the AIDS epidemic among African Americans. AIDS activists say no previous …

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Kanye West Rewrites Hip-Hop’s Gay Record

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Kenyon Farrow Last week Roc-A-Fella recording artist and producer extraordinaire Kanye West did something most would think to be career suicide for a Black hip-hop artist, and just days before dropping his sophomore effort, “Late Registration.” During an August 18 MTV interview, Kanye spoke candidly about the impact of homophobia on his own life. He …

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A Shot of Truth

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Breakin’ it Down: Finding a Vaccine By Steve Wakefield Last week, BlackAIDS.org reported on a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases survey that found a majority of African Americans believe that HIV vaccines are the best hope for controlling the global AIDS epidemic and are confident such vaccines can be made. But while most of …

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No Ways Tired

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: Dispatches from Black America By Phill Wilson I grew up on the south side of Chicago. My mother never met a Jet or Ebony Magazine she was willing to throw away. So, like most Black folks of my generation, copies of Jet and Ebony were living room accents as important as coffee tables and lamps. …

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How John H. Johnson Covered AIDS

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Kai Wright Today’s magazine editors and T.V. producers have roundly patted themselves on the back for their supposedly-groundbreaking coverage of the “down low.” But through all of the push and pull that story has generated, everyone has overlooked one clear piece of evidence that it’s just warmed over hype: Ebony magazine reported it as long …

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Blacks Think Vaccine Trials Cause HIV

Posted in: News 2005-Older

African Americans are more supportive of HIV vaccine research than the general population, according to a government-led survey, but are far more likely to believe participating in one puts them at risk for contracting HIV. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health, released the findings …

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Let Them Eat Co-Pays

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: The Politics of AIDS By Kai Wright The nation’s governors have finally said uncle. Last month, they gave in to the Bush administration’s reckless plans for slicing up the nation’s health care safety net. The National Governor’s Association summer meeting in Iowa rightly focused on the largest problem most of them face, both fiscally and …

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