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

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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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Runnin’ Numbers

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Breakin’ it Down: The Complicated Made Simple For a decade now the CDC has been saying the same thing about HIV infections: We log 40,000 new ones a year. Everyone accepts the figure and moves on. But the reality is it’s an incredibly broad estimate, and we can say with little confidence whether it’s wildly …

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The HIV Test I Didn’t Want Saved My Life

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STATEMENT: National HIV Testing Day The HIV Test I Didn’t Want Saved My Life By Phill Wilson Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of People with AIDS are sponsoring National HIV Testing Day, in a year that marks the 20th anniversary of the development of the HIV antibody test …

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Don’t Just Be Outraged, Be Accountable

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Column: Dispatches from Black America By Phill Wilson Whether you noticed or not, something happened this week that ought to change your life. It should rank among those lifelong milestones, the ones where you always remember what you were doing when you found out. And no, I’m not talking about Michael Jackson’s acquittal. On Monday, June …

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College Students Fail HIV IQ Test

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The National HIV Prevention Conference By Mark Stringfellow ATLANTA, Ga. — Notty Morton “damn near cried” when he received his negative results last fall. This was the face of a then 22-year-old Black male who’d never taken an HIV test. Now at 23, this small-framed, dreadlock-wearing Baltimore native recalls that day, in which his entire view …

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Better Questions, Better Answers

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STATEMENT: The National HIV Prevention Conference Better Questions, Better Answers Almost a quarter century into the epidemic, we’ve still got far more questions than answers about HIV’s spread. Our brightest research minds have struggled to understand the virus’s unrelenting movement. They are often tasked with measuring the un-measurable—the murky emotions that underlie what we’ve come …

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North Carolina Researcher Finds ‘Poverty is a Risk Factor for Disease’

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Newsmaker Interview Black women featured prominently in discussions among researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual HIV prevention conference this week. As African Americans have accounted for increasingly lopsided shares of the epidemic among women—67 percent of new AIDS cases in 2003—they’re primary risk has also gradually shifted from injection drug use …

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Demystifying HIV Prevention for the Faithful

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BlackAIDS.org Forum The faith-based community has been called on to step up and make a difference in the fight against HIV infections in African Americans. Some churches, congregations, synagogues and mosques embrace the challenge. Others are keeping an arm’s length between themselves and the topic. BlacksAIDS.org contributing editor Sharon Egiebor discussed this divide with a …

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Same Song, Second Verse

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STATEMENT: The National HIV Prevention Conference Same Song, Second Verse Another AIDS meeting and another batch of gloomy data show the continued blackening of this epidemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told us yesterday that African Americans now make up 47 percent of people living with HIV in the nation. We’re just …

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Student blends college, life as advocate

Posted in: News 2005-Older

VOICES from… the National HIV Prevention Conference By Sharon Egiebor Candace Webb could barely contain herself. Sitting in front of a poster presentation for Advocacy for Young Women of Color Leadership Council, Webb was her own picture of youthful energy. She was animatedly detailing the virtues of her organization’s goals–providing education, inclusion and empowerment messages to …

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CDC Analysis Hikes Number of Black HIV Infections

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The National HIV Prevention Conference By Keith Green ATLANTA, Ga. — Nearly half of Black homosexual and bisexual men tested positive for HIV in a first-of-its-kind federal study. These men are among the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s newly-revised estimate of 1.1 million people living with HIV, of which 47 percent are African American. …

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Bates: Prevention Requires More Accountability

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Newsmaker Interview Christopher Bates is a unique breed in today’s political milieu. He’s an openly gay Black man who is at the center of the Bush administration’s AIDS policy shop. As acting director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy in the Department of Health and Human Services, Bates often speaks for an administration that many …

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New South, New Problems

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STATEMENT: The National HIV Prevention Conference New South, New Problems More than 3,000 AIDS experts have come together this week in Atlanta, Ga., to talk about the future of HIV prevention. The meeting’s location is appropriate. Much has been made in recent years of vibrant African-American communities that typify New South cities like Atlanta, with …

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What We Know–and What We Do

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From Ledge magazine In the spring of 2004, Caya Lewis, senior policy analyst for the Kaiser Family Foundation, visited Howard University and got the real deal on HIV/AIDS on campus, using condoms, and what scares students the most about unprotected sex. The group of students included: Makebra, print journalism major from Los Angeles; L. Michael, …

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The 4-1-1 on AIDS and Conspiracies

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Kai Wright Ever hear the one about some psycho who rigs theater chairs with needles containing HIV-infected blood? You sit down in the dark and, boom, you got “the monster”—as AIDS is known to many on the block. Every few years, a new AIDS conspiracy theory like this one pops up. A recent survey of …

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Pop Songs Don’t Threaten Youth Sexual Health; Inadequate Sex Education Does

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STATEMENT: “Baby Mama” Debate Misses the Real Enemy Pop Songs Don’t Threaten Youth Sexual Health; Inadequate Sex Education Does Attacks on American Idol star Fantasia’s hit song “Baby Mama” miss the real enemy: abstinence-only education. “American Idol” star Fantasia’s hit single “Baby Mama” is stirring controversy among those concerned about teen sexuality in the Black …

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Mo’nique’s Story

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Yes, I did lose my best friend to AIDS and I don’t want you to lose yours. As Black women and as a community we need to start speaking up and speaking out on HIV/AIDS. It’s chilling to think that over half of all new HIV cases are a result of heterosexual sex, and Black …

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The Administration is Finalizing Conservative Politicos’ Decades-Old Assault on Medicaid

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OP-ED: For the Progressive Media Project op-ed syndicate The Administration is Finalizing Conservative Politicos’ Decades-Old Assault on Medicaid The Bush administration is not trying to make Medicaid run well but to force its collapse. In the process, states are left to deal with the mess. And the poor and disabled are bearing the brunt. Medicaid …

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Black Baby Boomers and the Future of HIV

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From BlackPressUSA.com By Makebra M. Anderson, NNPA Washington Correspondent While much of the public’s attention is focused on young people contracting almost half of all new HIV and AIDS cases, there is a growing HIV/AIDS problem developing among the elderly, a problem that will only grow worse as baby boomers reach retirement. “I don’t think older …

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New HIV Strain Would Change Little About the Epidemic: It’s Still a Crisis We’re Ignoring

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STATMENT: Potential ‘Supervirus’ is Nothing New New HIV Strain Would Change Little About the Epidemic: It’s Still a Crisis We’re Ignoring When the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced its discovery what appears to be a multi-drug resistant, rapid-progressing strain of HIV, it was scary news. To uncover a virus resistant …

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Too Many Black Ministers are Fomenting Anti-gay Bigotry

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OP-ED: For the Progressive Media Project op-ed syndicate Too Many Black Ministers are Fomenting Anti-gay Bigotry By Kai Wright An African-American minister in Atlanta is just the latest figure to help the religious right hide behind blackface. On Dec. 11, the Rev. Eddie Long rallied his congregation in opposition to same-sex marriage. He led thousands …

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A Perilous Silence About AIDS

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OP-ED: For the Progressive Media Project op-ed syndicate A Perilous Silence About AIDS By Kai Wright By the end of the day today, more than 20 African-American women will be newly infected with HIV. Someone tell Vice President Dick Cheney. On Oct. 5, debate moderator Gwen Ifill asked Cheney what his administration plans to do …

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Vice Presidential Candidates Bungle AIDS Question During Debate

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JOINT-STATEMENT: With Essence Magazine Vice Presidential Candidates Bungle AIDS Question During Debate “I want to talk to you about AIDS. And not about AIDS in China or Africa, but AIDS right here in this country where black women between the ages of 25 and 44 are 13 times more likely to die of the disease …

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The Administration’s Fight Against AIDS Must Look at the Home Front, Too

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OP-ED: For the Progressive Media Project op-ed syndicate The Administration’s Fight Against AIDS Must Look at the Home Front, Too By Kai Wright As the GOP prepares to highlight President Bush’s compassionate side at its upcoming convention, the White House will likely trumpet the president’s global AIDS plan as a prime example of his care …

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The NIA Plan

Posted in: News 2005-Older

A Black AIDS Institute Report December 1, 1999 Friends, In 1998, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) asked the Secretary of Health and Human Services to call a “State of Emergency” regarding AIDS in African American communities. In response to that “State of Emergency,” dozens of African American AIDS activists, educators, and health professionals have joined …

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