A Conspiracy of Silence

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: Dispatches from Black America By Phill Wilson Ok, I admit it. I’ve been in denial. AIDS is in fact a conspiracy to kill black people. I finally realized the truth in June, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that African Americans represent about half of all people living with HIV in …

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South African Police Shoot AIDS Activists

Posted in: News 2005-Older

South African police forces opened fire with rubber bullets and tear gas on a group of several hundred protesters demanding a faster roll-out of state-financed HIV medications last week. At least 40 people were injured, 10 of whom were treated for gunshot wounds, according to news reports. On Tuesday, July 12, the Treatment Action Campaign …

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Lora Branch gets revenge against HIV by writing

Posted in: News 2005-Older

VOICES from… Chicago, Ill. I am first and foremost a Black girl from the south side of Chicago who lost a lot of her friends to AIDS. That is the energy that I bring into my work — politely, consistently and correctly. Kevin’s Room, a short film about brothers in the life, was generated by …

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The Uneasy Calm before the Budget Storm

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: The Politics of AIDS By Kai Wright AIDS politicos making the rounds on Capitol Hill this summer must feel like they’ve been transported into the climax of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”—that unnerving scene in which three gunslingers stand at the points of a triangle, weapons at the ready, trying to sort out …

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The Liar, the Predator and the Closeted Guy

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Keith Boykin Could it be a coincidence that R&B legend Luther Vandross passed away in the same week when Terry McMillan’s divorce to a bisexual man became public and R. Kelly’s new “Trapped In The Closet” music video outed a closeted gay man? On June 30, just hours after Logo launched the first-ever gay television …

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South Africa’s Journey from Protest to Politics

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Newsmaker Interview Since it’s 1999 founding, the Treatment Action Campaign has not only revolutionized the conversation about access to AIDS drugs in South Africa, it has reshaped the way we talk about the issue globally. When Zackie Achmat—-a Western Cape activist who had long been involved in the country’s race, sex and health politics—-founded TAC, …

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Doin’ the Hustle

Posted in: News 2005-Older

From POZ magazine By Kai Wright Jerry is the quintessential streetwise New Yorker, Midnight Cowboy’s Ratso Rizzo reborn: He’s jittery but sure, charmingly disarming as only a true salesman can be. Jerry (not his real name) lost his front teeth years ago, having stumbled off a subway platform while nodding out on heroin. But he still …

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Reconsidering the Down Low

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Keith Green I admit it. I bought the “down low” hype, in part because I thought I was a “down low” brother myself. I have had sex with a woman who had no idea that I was HIV positive–because I chose not to tell her. Thinking unrealistically big of my own little world, I made …

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