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A Model Activist

Hep Cat

The Brave Lady of Haiti

Mighty Real

Big, Bad Media Bugout


PEP on the Down Low

Quick Studies

Legal Eye

On the March!

Notes on Camp

Kentucky Fried Bigots?

POZ Picks

Hollywood to HIVers: Drop Dead


Veggie Table

Don't Run

A Peek in the Pipeline

Ducking Resistance

Quick Study

Pharm Team



Editor's Letter


Teen Jeopardy

Heavy Lifting

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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May 2005

On the March!

by Josh Sparber

POZ's C2EA countdown

Nashville HIVer Ron Crowder, 52, is the Tennessee state organizer for the Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA), which culminates in a big October march on DC (visit POZ spoke with Crowder as he readied for C2EA’s first leg, AIDSWatch, set to stir DC May 2–5.

Why are you marching?

We need to get people reenergized [about the epidemic]. With new HIV meds, people have become too complacent. Nearly all the people our AIDS service organizations serve don’t do any AIDS activism.

What’s planned for AIDSWatch?
We’re bringing a lot of shoes—each pair is supposed to represent someone living with AIDS.

What do you do back home?
I’m executive director of Street Works (, a Nashville ASO for prostitutes, drug users and such. At the October march, Tennessee’s going to be in the house!

What can Tennessee contribute?
We may try to get the country-music industry behind us. They haven’t played a role in AIDS, probably because no one has pushed them. Anybody who wants to jump onboard, call me at: 615.321.3344.

Will you bring any of the prostitutes you do outreach to?
We’ll try, but addictions make it hard. I can’t see them leaving for DC while they’re still smoking crack. 

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