September 9, 1994 |
AIDS has produced a sense among some gay men that life is cheap, and I guess when life is cheap, a certain casualness toward life isn't such a big deal, either. Consider the following exchange from a recent advice column published by Gay Men's Health Crisis. "I have a friend who is HIV positive," begins a letter to the column. "He doesn't look sick at all, and he's a promiscuous type who likes younger men. The problem is, I know of at least two occasions where he has had unprotected sex without revealing his HIV status.
November 23, 2010 |
I see where the Philadelphia black clergy have started a very visible public-awareness campaign about the importance of getting tested for HIV, in hope of getting more people to talk about the dreaded A-word - inside and outside their places of worship. Well, it's about time. After all, HIV has historically been the huge elephant in the sanctuary. Don't ask, don't tell, and whatever you do, don't preach. But as the disease has soared to epidemic proportions, it simply can't be ignored anymore.
September 12, 2012 |
A high-school freshman from Delaware County and his mother will receive $700,000 from the Milton Hershey School in central Pennsylvania after the school denied the boy admission based on his HIV-positive status, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania announced Wednesday. The 14-year-old honor-roll student was rejected by the school in 2011 after school officials said he would pose a "direct threat" to other students due to his illness. The antidiscrimination lawsuit against the school, founded by the chocolate mogul in 1909 in Hershey, Pa., was filed by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania in November 2011.
July 8, 1995 |
A Temple University executive with professional and personal experience with AIDS will take over as interim director of the city's AIDS office on Monday, culminating a nine-month search to fill this position by Health Commission Estelle Richman. Jesse Milan Jr., senior assistant to Temple president Peter Liacouras and chief of staff since 1989, steps into a position that has been mired in controversy. Richman removed Richard Scott, the most recent director of the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office (AACO)
May 17, 2004 |
At a secluded ranch above Placerita Canyon, a former supermarket cashier who calls herself Mia Beck was taking her first tentative steps toward her new career goal: porn star. Wearing a pink bikini, she sat in the shade of a live oak tree next to a pond, waiting her turn before the camera in Janine Likes Men. "I'm taking it slow. . . . I've talked to lots of girls in the business and they all said to start slow, not to be pressured into doing anything you're not comfortable with," said Beck, 20, two years out of high school and two months into her new job. "So I'm just doing girl-girl and solo scenes for now. And that way I don't have to worry about the condom thing.
October 31, 1997 |
In keeping with federal guidelines, public health workers routinely ask people who test positive for HIV to notify their sex or needle-sharing partners that they may have been exposed to the virus that causes AIDS. The same procedure - called partner notification - is used for other sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea. But under the same guidelines, infected people are not compelled to disclose the names of their sex or drug contacts. Such mandatory disclosure would discourage people from being tested, trample on privacy rights, and possibly generate false information, according to public health experts.
September 20, 1996 |
HIV-infected heavyweight Tommy Morrison yesterday vowed to return to the ring for "one last fight," just seven months after announcing he would never box again. Morrison has no date, no site and no opponent, but said he would fight to raise money to help children infected with the AIDS virus. "I know there's a lot people out there who probably are not going to like what I'm doing," Morrison said. "But they will have to listen to what I have to say. " His announcement came in the same hotel where in February he confirmed that he had tested positive for the AIDS virus and would retire with a 45-3-1 record.
November 13, 1993 |
A SEPTA employee yesterday accused the transit agency of compiling a list of workers who, like himself, are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and of using that list to discriminate. The "AIDS List" was compiled by Judith Pierce, who allegedly "rifled through" employee prescription information and noted those employees who were receiving drugs used exclusively to treat HIV-related illnesses, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District Court. The employee who filed the suit - a manager using the name John Doe to protect his privacy - claims that he has been denied promotions and raises because of his HIV illness.
June 27, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Would you go to a drugstore for an AIDS test? Health officials want to know, and they've set up a pilot program to find out. The $1.2 million project will offer free rapid HIV tests at pharmacies and in-store clinics in 24 cities and rural communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. Officials are hoping that testing for the AIDS virus will become a routine service at drugstores, like blood pressure checks and flu shots.
January 18, 2000 |
Not having AIDS turned out to be almost as traumatic as actually having it for the man known as John Doe. When Doe found out that he had been misdiagnosed as being HIV positive, he went to pieces, he claims. He said he suffered "night sweats, nausea, loss of sleep, skin lesions, rashes, recurring headaches, hair loss, scalp irritation, recurring crying fits, and loss of concentration. " He also complained of "extreme anxiety, depression, belief that he was going to die of AIDS within a few years, post-traumatic stress disorder, permanent lack of trust in medical providers, despondency, humiliation, and social isolation.