April #133 : Almost Legal - by Kellee Terrell

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Getting On (and off)

Kramer vs. Kramer

Mature Content

Dazed and Confused

Worth a Shot

Read My Lipids

High Definition-APRIL 2007

You Go!

Gag Reflex

Couples Therapy

Top Secret

Death in Dixie

Iraqi Pullout

And for Our Next Act...

Border Line Prevention

Almost Legal

Turning Heads

Mission Control

The Itch Is Back

Flags of a Father

Mailbox-April 2007

Catch of the Month-April 2007

Editor's Letter-April 2007

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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April 2007

Almost Legal

by Kellee Terrell

ACT UP New York, which helped invent AIDS activism, turns 20

(Click here for news about ACT UP's anniversary demos!)

Founded in 1987 by the volcanic Larry Kramer, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power—ACT UP—emerged in New York City to fight government silence, lack of medical access and deadly ignorance surrounding HIV. With its nonviolent, in-your-face demonstrations, the group electrified America. Yet as the disease has won a more “manageable” reputation, AIDS activism, including the noise made by ACT UP, has quieted over the years. For the organization’s 20th anniversary, POZ tracked down three original members from the kick-ass front lines and asked how ACT UP can return AIDS to the spotlight.

Sarah Schulman (Coordinator, ACT UP Oral History Project): Our country is overdue for a new social movement. There’s a crisis of access across the board—from people with AIDS to poor people to cultural disempowerment.

Andrew Vélez (Forums Moderator, AIDSmeds.com; writer): We need more black, Latino and young faces on the forefront. They don’t necessarily have to be infected with HIV, but they must be willing to speak out. Also, the work must be done throughout the country, because HIV happens everywhere.

Eric Sawyer (Co-Founder of ACT UP, Housing Works and Health GAP): Once
effective treatments were developed and the disease became manageable, AIDS activists went home. Now every person on this planet must become an AIDS activist for the epidemic to be gotten under control.    

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