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Doctors without Protocols

For Americans in their thirties and younger, all of this is ancient history, which is why it is good to have Sensing Light, a novel written by a physician who first began working with AIDS patients in San Francisco in 1986.

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A South African Justice Speaks Out

SOUTH AFRICAN Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron is a leading activist on gay rights and HIV/AIDS whom the late Nelson Mandela called a “new hero for South Africa.”

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HIV Survivors and the ’16 Election

  “I’M THE LUCKIEST unlucky person in the world. No one wants to be the last man standing,” reflected Peter Greene, one of the eight long-term HIV survivors from the San Francisco Bay area, featured in the new documentary Last Men Standing. Greene personifies the ambiguous fate of many long-term HIV survivors. Having been voted […]

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Wider PrEP Use Could Reduce HIV Infections

  LAST MAY, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took a major step toward transforming HIV prevention in the U.S. by recommending that healthcare providers consider prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to uninfected patients who are at substantial risk of becoming infected. The CDC issued new clinical guidelines that could lead to a significant […]

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HIV Activism in the Age of PrEP

   Survival vividly recounts the story of this involvement.SEAN STRUB is the stereotypical “boy from Iowa” who came East as a teenager, landing first in Washington, D.C., where he was an elevator operator at the U.S. Capitol, and then, a couple of years later, in New York City. By the late 1970s, he was an […]

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Soon the Spotted People

  IT TOOK LARRY KRAMER nearly thirty years to get a film made of The Normal Heart. His play about the AIDS crisis opened at the Public Theater in New York in 1985. The movie rights were bought in 1986 by Barbra Streisand, for whom Kramer wrote a screenplay, but for one reason or another […]

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Being There in the Age of AIDS

  Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival by Sean Strub Scribner.  420 pages, $30.   IN 1976, at age seventeen, Sean Strub got a job operating an elevator on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol. He scarcely believed his luck. What could be better than daily contact with the most […]

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Thirty Years of HIV Research

AS MEDICAL SCIENCE presses forward to find a cure for HIV—and as we mark the thirtieth anniversary of the discovery of HIV as the cause of AIDS—it’s useful in the compressed timeframe known as “AIDS time” to recall one of the most pivotal moments of the now-33-year-long AIDS epidemic

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Heads Up! ACA Could Jolt HIV Funding

… The ACA is expected to have many unpredictable effects within the healthcare system, especially for those affected by hiv/aids. The ACA is also poised to impose new insurance criteria for those receiving treatments through the Ryan White Care Act (rwca). …

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Deep History of the AIDS Virus

THE FIRST GAY PERSON I ever met was also the first lover who died of AIDS. Tom was an ebullient bon vivant who loved to cook, built his own clavichord, and snuck me into the Episcopal church where he was the organist to play Bach works till dawn. Unbeknownst to us when we met in 1980 (my freshman year of college), HIV was silently insinuating itself into the bloodstream of men and women around the globe. It sprung into the public’s attention in 1981 after physicians published a report on an unusual outbreak of Pneumocystic pneumonia (PCP) affecting five previously healthy young gay men in Los Angeles with weakened immune systems. …

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