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POZ In Asia

Oh, Suzana!

Medicine Masala

Southern Exposure

Postcards from the Edge


Something Suspect In The Air

IMF’d Up, Man!


Catching Up With…

Everybody CAREs

The Doll Factory

Bubblegum Sex Wars

Shout Out

Security Risk

Fire And Brimstone

Bodies In Motion


Smoke and Mirrors

Foo For Thought

Bookmark This

Hoyas' Helping Hands

On Writing It

Egypt's Time Is Now


Dellums For Dollars

Bite The Bullet

It’s Alright, Ma

The Lost Day

An International Incident

POZ In Asia (Introduction)

POZ In Asia (City Profiles)

Getting Testy

Herb Of The Month

Holy Hormones

Cramping Your Style

Comfort Zone

All The Tea In China

Smear No Evil

East Meets West

$64K Question

7.17.85: Rock Our World

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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July 2000

Catching Up With…

by Kevin O'Leary

Dawn Averitt

(POZ August 1999)
Age: 31
Diagnosed: 1988
Trailblazings: Congressional aide, treatment advocate, founder of the Women’s Information Services and Exchange (WISE)
Footloose Leader: Last year, the notoriously overcommittee’d Averitt wowed everyone when she set aside six months to hike the 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Maine to Georgia.
Deputy Dawg: Along with her little brother, Scott (trail name Flip Top, for his ever-open mouth), and friend Brad (Casper, for his pale pecs), Averitt (Amazing Grace, for her klutzy self) brought along Guinness, who trained with the crew.
Imperfect storm:
“We got a bit off in January. There was a bad winter storm with 30-below wind chill and trees falling all around us—crazy. They closed the trail to the Shenandoahs, but we were on it. Our last day we hiked 25 miles in sleet. Not safe, not fun, and not why we were out there. The guys wisely suggested a break.”
Some Break!:
Averitt then traded rain gear for notebook at January’s Retroviruses Conference in San Francisco.
Back On Track: “We’re starting again where we stopped. A lot of people skip sections, but we’re a little anal.”
Beaten Path: “When we finish, we’ll have trekked through a drought, a flood, a hurricane, a snowstorm, injury….” Maybe that’s why fewer than 10 percent of people who start the Trail finish it.
Drug trip: Not bad for someone on salvage therapy, huh? For you pill-spotters, her pack includes ritonavir, saquinavir, Sustiva, ddI and hydroxyurea.
Homecoming Queen: National Geographic and NPR’s This American Life have been along for sections of the trail. “Everyone will be there when we walk home to Georgia.” 

(To stay caught up, take a hike to www.trekkingwithaids.com)

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