November 15, 2013 |
LIKELY OSCAR nominee Matthew McConaughey devours another plum role in "Dallas Buyers Club," playing a homophobic, straight rodeo hand who gets HIV back in the 1980s. The man's bigotry erodes, of course, when he enters the orbit of AIDS patients, most of whom are gay, but the movie is less about empathy than defiance - defined by the way McConaughey embodies his character's Texas-sized streak of independence. When doctors (Jennifer Garner, Dennis O'Hare) tell him he has a month to live, he yanks the tubes from his arms and walks bare-ass out of the emergency room.
July 30, 2012
Retired Navy Adm. James D. Watkins, 85, who displayed independence in politically charged waters as energy secretary under President George H.W. Bush and as chairman of an influential commission on the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s, died Thursday at his home in Alexandria, Va. He had congestive heart failure, said his wife, Janet Watkins. As chief of naval operations from 1982 to 1986, Adm. Watkins served as the Navy's top-ranking officer and representative on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
July 18, 2012 |
It seems the only good conservative president is either a dead conservative president or one so far removed from office that his political influence is limited. That's the conclusion that can be drawn from the recent media lovefest surrounding George H.W. Bush and, before him, Ronald Reagan. The sentimental treatment of Bush began a few months back with endearing references to the former president's ... socks. The paeans reached their culmination last month on his 88th birthday.
June 20, 2012
Barton Lidice Benes, 69, a New York sculptor who worked in materials that he called artifacts of everyday life, expanded his definition of everyday as he went. He used the everyday mementos of childhood in his early work, and later made sculptures from chopped-up, everyday U.S. cash (purchased pre-shredded from the Federal Reserve). When friends started dying of AIDS, and Mr. Benes himself tested HIV-positive, he began working in everyday materials of the epidemic - pills and capsules, intravenous tubes, HIV-infected blood, and cremated human remains.
June 15, 2012 |
In the long, lethal history of the AIDS epidemic, only one human has ever conclusively beaten the disease: Timothy Brown. A gay American man in Berlin, Brown was on the brink of death from leukemia and HIV in 2006 when he was given a novel treatment that rebooted his immune system, simultaneously curing him of both diseases. Now 46, Brown has since been poked, prodded, and tested by experts around the world, and been declared healthy, albeit with lingering side effects from his care.
May 14, 2012 |
Growing up gay in the 1960s was scary. I knew enough to keep quiet — no small feat for an Irish-Catholic kid with the gift of gab — and I also learned to lie. I was terrified that the truth would cut me off from my family and my future. Homosexuality was, at best, a tragedy. Ah, the good old days. Things are different now, and not just on TV. President Obama, bless him, has affirmed that people like me have as much right to civil marriage as other Americans.
September 16, 2011
Sunday Flyer's heartfelt participation Philadelphia Flyer Ian Laperriere is scheduled to be part of a hockey clinic Saturday at KidzFest, a fund-raiser for fighting pediatric heart disease, cancer, and premature birth. The day's events, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include children's games, face-painting, arts and crafts, and kid-friendly food at Challenge Grove Park near the intersection of Bortons Mill and Caldwell Roads in Cherry Hill. Lisa Hurly founded KidzFest five years ago after she lost her 5-week-old son to complications from heart disease and premature birth.
June 5, 2011 |
Thirty years ago, five cases of an unusual pneumonia, all among young gay men ages 29 to 36, were reported by the Centers for Disease Control. Gay and bisexual men, injection drug users, hemophiliacs, newborns, and soon women with no apparent risk factors rapidly appeared in the literature. Marked increases in cases were reported from the nation's major cities, Philadelphia among them. As I began my internal-medicine residency in Philadelphia in 1985, HIV had been identified and the test to detect the virus was licensed.
April 21, 2011 |
In December, after Republican congressional leaders fulminated and conservative public outcry crescendoed, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington yanked an artwork from a large exhibition called Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture . The work was a video distilled from a David Wojnarowicz film, A Fire in My Belly - made in 1987 at the height of the AIDS epidemic - that contained a brief segment depicting ants...
July 26, 2010 |
Nearly three decades into the AIDS epidemic, scientists may have finally come up with the first product to block HIV infection since the condom. It is in the form of a gel developed for women. The gel incorporates the antiretroviral drug tenofovir, which is already used as part of the "cocktail" given to AIDS patients. It likely will first be made available in South Africa, where women often are unable to insist that their partners remain faithful or use condoms, said Quarraisha Abdool Karim, a researcher at Columbia University and the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, the group that conducted the study.