November #29 : Hurray for Hollywood!

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Elizabeth Taylor Tells the Truth


Letters to the Editor-November 1997

The Last Auction Hero

Suicide Ride

Twisted Sisters

Kiss Hysteria

French Toast

Code Blue

Coffee Talk

A Spot of Pot

Shalala Infections

Child’s Play

Hurray for Hollywood!

Say What - November 1997

Obituaries - November 1997

Tribute - Nigel Finch

True Brit

Baste Not, Want Not

Suicide Watch

Passage From India

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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November 1997

Hurray for Hollywood!

Tinseltown showers protease on players

Hollywood is hell for actors with HIV, but the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has lightened their load a little. The union is the first U.S. corporation to underwrite the cost of protease inhibitors for its members. “It is the most important, constructive way we could help,” said SAG executive director Marcia Smith.

The program is and additional safety net for five-year SAG veterans not covered by health insurance and not able to get AIDS Drug Assistance Program funding. “We don’t have a waiting period,” Smith said. “So some people will use it as a stop-gap that lets them get medication immediately while they’re waiting for approval from other programs.” Other clients will be long term.

About a quarter of SAG’s 98,000 members have health insurance coverage through the union. Smith said five people signed up for the program in the first month. “We have upward of $100,000 in our fund for AIDS right now,” she said. “We’re committed to more aggressive fundraising if that’s what it takes to supply medication to every member who needs it.”

And if housing is needed, West Hollywood will soon be home to the Actors Fund of America’s $6.1 million apartment complex for low-income entertainment professionals with HIV and AIDS. The fund aids more than 50 actors with AIDS each year.

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