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The POZ Decade-Bare Witness

The POZ Decade

The POZ Decade-1994

The POZ Decade-1995

The POZ Decade-1996

Let’s Talk About Sex

The POZ Decade-1997

The POZ Decade-1998

The POZ Decade-1999

The POZ Decade-2000

The POZ Decade-2001

Star Wars

The POZ Decade-2002

The POZ Decade-2003


Catching Up

Come Together Right Now

10 Unsung Heroes

Then & Now

Death Wish

In Sickness & in Health

In My Life

Angels & Devils

Postscripts From the Edge

Where It’s At

Below the Radar

The Right Moves

Vital Signs

Checkup Check-In

Wish You Were Here?

Future Hits

Future Blocks

Top 10 Side Effects

Nurse Knew It All

10 More Pills

Fabulously Positive

The 10 Wackiest AIDS “Cures"

Founder's Letter


The Gift of Life

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 2004

Angels & Devils

by Kevin O'Leary

Heaven-bound or hell-bent? POZ judges the decade’s top-10 saints and sinners


Emma Thompson
The title character in HBO’s Angels in America, she skipped the charity-auction circuit for a 2002 sojourn with women HIVers in Uganda. Her plea: “Why in the world do we find money for war when we are faced with AIDS?”

Elizabeth Taylor
Whether surprising needle-exchangers with “a day of pampering” or calling out amfAR on overhead costs in 2002, La Liz remains the one-woman shock-and-awe attack on HIV.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark
This ex-Navy, transgender nun runs www., the world’s most comprehensive HIV-info site, from her California mobile home.

Bill T. Jones
In 1994, this positive dancer choreographed Still/Here based on workshops with the dying. This year, he created The Phantom Project: Still/Here Looking On, the perfect curtain call to a decade of defiance.

Rebekka Armstrong
In 2000’s E! True Hollywood Story, this savvy-as-she-is-sexy HIV positive Playmate continued preaching safe sex to the straight community, reminding us that sometimes, an angel really is a centerfold.


Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
South Africa’s longtime health minister and yes-woman to President Thabo “What AIDS?” Mbeki, she even stalled the country’s hard-won rollout of HIV meds—prescribing olive oil, lemon and garlic instead.

Rev. Fred Phelps
Ranting “God hates fags” at AIDS funerals, this professional bigot tried to build a Wyoming monument condemning the “gay martyr,” HIVer Matthew Shepard, to all hell.

Donna Shalala
Clinton’s tiny health honcho, Donna Do-Nothing backed the ban on fed funds for clean needles, leaving a legacy of HIV and hep C.

Sen. Jesse Helms
After two decades of spewing hatred against HIVers for their “deliberate, disgusting, revolting conduct,” an ailing Helms finally apologized for “failing” on AIDS on the eve of his retirement—but only to “innocent victims.”

Dr. Lorraine Hale
In 2002, she was convicted of stealing $766,000 from Hale House, her saintly mom’s charity home for babies with HIV. The funds were used to finance a musical about Rev. Martin Luther King.

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