AIDS educators and activists justifiably decry this phenomenon
as irresponsible and self-destructive, and while "extreme sex" is very much a subculture, habitual unsafe sex is probably much more common
than most people would care to admit. Is unsafe sex the dirty little secret of the first post-AIDS generation, some kind of backlash against coming of age in a world where sex can kill? Or is it merely the "It can't happen to me" hubris of those who never saw the initial devistation?
with comprehensive links, thanks to Sister Mary Elizabeth of the Sisters of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and AEGIS
(AIDS Education Global Information System), "...a service the Centers for Disease Control calls 'the best of its kind'..." (See How Aegis Began) People making a difference.
What is best for AIDS orphans?
For many children around the globe, not only do they face a life without one or more parents because of AIDS/HIV, they also face the stigma of carrying the virus themselves.....
AIDS cases in US Prisons
are being diagnosed at 5 times the rate of the rest of the population. Prisoners with AIDS face discrimination, abuse and are denied access to health care and medication, on top of all the other abuses prisoners in the US face every day.
From HIV+ Magazine
"African-American women, incarcerated faster than any other group, also have the highest HIV infection rate among women, both in and out of prison. Women make up a greater percentage of the HIV-positive prison population than men do, an overlooked issue. Yet prisons continue to be built at an alarming rate, although not fast enough to alleviate the miserable conditions of prison overcrowding. In California all federal prisons operate at more than 200 percent capacity."
Thanks California Prison Focus and Act UP NY's for links and info
This gene encodes for a protein on T cells that allows HIV to enter and replicate. It's also another reason why AIDS has less of an effect on European populations - 10-15% of Northern Europeans carry a defect that doesn't allow the attachment, so 1% or so is homozygous for the 'faulty' gene and appears to be completely resistant to HIV/AIDS.
"HIV is a metaphor for a lot of quasi-related phenomena,"
says Val Turner, an AIDS analyst and senior consultant in emergency medicine at the Royal Perth Hospital in Perth, Australia. "No one has ever proved its existence as a virus."
Does this movement/theory/philosophy have any power behind it? It's scary nonetheless.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt
has an official website. Its quilt image database
is browsable and searchable by name, and includes images of over 42,960 individual panels, each in honor of a lost loved one.
It's an utterly amazing testament to those claimed by the disease, and to those who have survived them.
Ever wonder what HIV-1 looks like?
(scroll down). All the Virology on the WWW
contains reams and reams of information on HIV and AIDS, including the aforementioned pictures and a prodigious list o' links
, amongst other info.
Are HIV and AIDS really linked?
There is a large
(and growing) movement that questions
many of the traditionally accepted notions of HIV/AIDS. Led by respected researchers
, groups such as VirusMyth
and Aids Reality Check
fight what they see as a "misinformation campaign" that has misled the public about the realities of AIDS and HIV. (Even to the point of supporting
South African president Thabo Mbeki's refusal
to declare AIDS a national emergency, despite the ravaging effects
of the disease in that country, regardless of how it's caused.)
is one of the most comprehensive sites available on AIDS and HIV. It explains everything
you'd want to know including demographics
and other treatments
, and exactly what
HIV and AIDS are for those of us without
PhDs. Most importantly
, it talks about prevention
The Origins of AIDS
AIDS has become such a commonplace thing, hence the need for days like today. When is the last time you thought of how HIV/AIDS came about? Have you ever? Such interesting tidbits as the fact that it's been documented to 1959 can be found here.
afraid to get tested?
don't be. these are stories of all our HIV tests. it's always hard, but it's worth it. keep yourself safe, keep your lover safe.
Injection drug use causes HIV, and we know how to prevent it . . . but it's not happening
In the US, 29% of HIV infections are the result of injection drug use (IDU). Preventing IDU HIV infections can be done, and has been done, through needle exchange programs. Only problem: These programs are typically illegal and can't be funded with Federal AIDS prevention monies. The majority of children with AIDS, who make terribly sympathetic "victims of AIDS"--witness the 1990 Ryan White AIDS CARE Act--are the children of injection drug users. We'll spend money to take care of these sick children, but we won't spend money to prevent then from getting sick (to say nothing of preventing their parents from getting sick and dying). What's wrong here?
Capitalism as a basis for natural selection?
Third world countries are getting pasted because major pharmacutical companies won't cut their profit lines on HIV/AIDS fighting drugs
With infection rates verging on genocidal levels in Africa (with 62% of the world's infections), at what point does bottom line economics cross bottom line humanity? And does anyone else find it strange that a plague has teamed with profit margins to create a new paradigm for unnatural selection?
"Almost 10,000 people will die today from AIDS,"
says Eric Sawyer, founding member of ACT UP NY. (AIDs Coalition to Unleash Power is "a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis.")
To celebrate World AIDS Day
, MetaFilter is going to focus solely on HIV and AIDS related posts for the next 24 hours. Like last year's Day Without Weblogs on MetaFilter
, this year's Link and Think
project asks everyone to think about the issues surrounding this disease, how it has affected you, others, and the world. Feel free to share information on prevention, research, or anything else related to the topic at hand.
Hepatitis G virus may inhibit HIV from becoming AIDS (NY Times link).
The Hepatitis G virus doesn't seem to cause any disease, but is now being pointed at as a factor that slows the progress of HIV. It's the second time this year I've heard of a virus being used to defeat a virus
. There's a connection there, but I'll leave it at that.
"Vincent has recently discovered his robot friend is amorously tied to the toaster."
Interesting multimedia comics about an HIV+ man and his robot roommate. Somewhat autobiographical it would seem, deadrobot.com brings humor to a somewhat humorless subject. A delight to read and an interesting look into the side effects of "the cocktail."
You're Never Too Old to Get HIV!!
People over 50 account for 13.4% of 1999 newly diagnosed AIDS cases. But because seniors, who don't think they're at risk to begin with, don't get tested -- the problem may be much bigger than number suggest.
Misconceptions about STDs, multiple partners, and the belief that condoms aren't necessary since pregnancy isn't possible, (and perhaps Viagra?) are contributing to the escalating rate.
Tanzania 9th most corrupt country
, of course the word here is that they bribed transparency international to place them above kenya.......
according to the director "HIV AIDS is killing millions of Africans, and in many of the countries where AIDS is at its deadliest the problem is compounded by the fact that corruption levels are seen to be very high. While it is imperative that richer countries provide the fruits of medical research at an affordable price to address this human tragedy, it is also essential that corrupt governments do not steal from their own people. This is now an urgent priority if lives are to be saved."
don't help either. what this story does not say is that 4,000 girls will be circumsised at this ceremony and the govt/police won't interfere.
soup sex for you!
. President Daniel arap Moi has urged Kenyans to abstain from sex for at least two years
to try to curb the spread of HIV. The government announced plans on Wednesday to import 300 million condoms to fight AIDS.
We all have AIDS
Yet another article on global AIDS, but it includes Nazi's and the holocaust.
The writer suggests that the CEO's of pharmaceutical companies that reduced the price of anti-viral medication should receive a Nobel Prize because they "save the lives of more human beings than died in the Holocaust."
Catholic Church offered solution to AIDS crisis?
Though I certainly lean more left than right, I have The National Review in print an online for many years to get some balance in my media intake. I must say, they have run numerous articles online of late that I felt were well-reasoned, fair and insighful.
This, however, is crap.
"Many have tut-tutted the Church for opposing condoms even as an AIDS prevention tool. Some have even called the Church complicit in AIDS deaths. But, as it has turned out, condoms aren't a very good AIDS-prevention tool after all.
[emphasis mine] "
So now condoms are not useful for preventing AIDS. Did we miss something?
on the whole Andrew Sullivan and Michael Signoreli fiasco. Finally, a well written viewpoint about the barebacking incident
that raised the hackles of gay conservatives and liberals alike.
AIDS Altered the Fabric of New York in Ways Subtle and Vast. (NYTimes, reg. required)
"...New York City after AIDS is somewhat like America after World War II.."
Bono meets at White House
"We have an ongoing discussion here with people in the White House about the AIDS issue and Africa. It's very, very important to this president and the administration." Huh?
US drug patients vs. the world
in AIDS crisis. Brazil is making generic AIDS medicine based upon existing drugs created (and of course patented) by US drug companies. the catch? they are giving the drugs away FOR FREE. US Drug companies want their money. the UN agreed ,52 in favor and 1 not in favor, for brazil's strategy for dealing with the AIDS crisis.
guess who opposed.
Is this Andrew Sullivan's ass?
This morning, Jim Romenesko
made a questionable publishing decision. He ran a link to an article in last Friday's edition of the newspaper LGNY
, in which Michelangelo Signorile
makes a very serious allegation: That Andrew Sullivan
has been advertising for "bareback" sex online
(anal sex w/o condoms). Such actions on Sullivan's part would be seen by many as exceedingly hypocritical given his voluminous writings of a moral conservative bent and his "arrogance toward the ghettoized gay scene" (as Signorile puts it), if not downright dangerous given his HIV+ status.
If true, this brings up plenty of ideological and moral issues, which I'm sure will be discussed in this thread. But that's not why I'm bringing it up here. I'm posting because of the vaguely Kayceeish nature of the whole thing. If you look at Signorile's article, you'll see that all the evidence is circumstantial. Several people who Signorile really really trust say they answered the ads and Sullivan was the guy that showed up when they met. The photos in the ads look like what most people expect Sullivan's body to look like (minus his head, of course). Also, Sullivan hasn't responded to anyone's questions about this, and after all, if the accusations were false wouldn't Sullivan be loudly denying them (wink wink)?
Complicating the whole mess is Signorile's own journalistic history - he made his name during the late '80s-early '90s running gossipy columns outing famous people against their will - and that Romenesko decided to publicize this article in the first place, thus ensuring that every single person in the national media is fully aware of the allegations, true or not. Is this actual proof that Sullivan is guilty of barebacking, or is he being Borked (Kayceed?)? Should it have been publicized like this in the first place, since a mention in Romenesko is the best way to start up a classic pack journalism action short of running a front-page story in The New York Times? Will other media outlets jump on this now and sully Sullivan's reputation, whether the allegations are true or not?
Drug companies drop AIDS drugs lawsuit against South Africa.
Shamed into it, of course. Paid legal costs too. Perhaps a significant precedent?
Vaccine Prevents AIDS in Monkeys
and could lead to human medicine. Exciting huh? Anyway, if that should happen, how much do you think they'll charge for treatment, considering the conspiracy theories and all that?
Merck to lower prices of HIV drugs for Africa
It's not perfect and it's not much of a decrease, but it's a start and long overdue.
"I don't imagine I'll be able to get it up again"
A controversial five-story high condom banner is blown off the side of a South African civic center by gale-force winds.
A new strain of the HIV virus
has been discovered and may already be spreading.
about (presumably) religious practices again...
No matter what your situation, if you're sexually active, you have a responsibility to get tested
. Yes, it's scary, but knowing your status (and acting accordingly) is the only way the spread of HIV can be stopped. If you live in the U.S., this site
can direct you to a local organization that can perform the test -- often for free. (via randomwalks
AIDS Project Los Angeles
can help you observe World AIDS Day and
get a start on those pesky holiday cards. For $5 each, APLA will personalize and send your choice of holiday cards to friends, family or clients! Cards are also available in sets of ten for $25 to be mailed by you.
Have you heard the news?
"A growing group of bio-medical scientists claim the cause of AIDS is still unknown. These heretics do not believe in a lethal AIDS virus. They claim that the virus is indeed harmless. Most of them think AIDS is also not sexually transmitted; it probably has toxic causes. People die because they are poisoned to death by antiviral drugs. Part of the AIDS dissidents even question the existence of a virus entity. These skeptics say that the AIDS virus has never really been isolated, and the AIDS tests are worthless..."
Yeah. And my childhood dog really did
go live on a nice farm after he was hit by a car.
is a portal for HIV/AIDS related news, information, treatment and other resources.
Today is World AIDS Day
, and to commemorate this event (and the day without art
and day without weblogs
), I'll be posting AIDS/HIV-related links and I ask you all to do the same. A good information resource for today is the CDC's FAQ on AIDS
. And I bet you've never seen the virus' life cycle before
Piggybacking off of SETI's success...
Anyone downloaded this FightAIDSAtHome program? I figure it's a bit more practical/useful than SETI@Home, and I'd rather cure a disease than search for intelligent life. Let's get cracking! [via Salon
Circumcision as a way to slow the spread of HIV.
I'm posting this here mostly 'cause I want to see some people's opinions on it. I'm against the operation for any reason other than religious, myself. I think a far better way to slow HIV would be to get people to stop sleeping around, but like that's
gonna happen, eh?
weirdass retraction from south african president thabo mbeki who's now claiming, like a younger brother, that he knew it all along...'I never doubted HIV-AIDS link'