October #138 : Mailbox-October 2007

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Table of Contents

Brothers & Sisters

Call Me Miss Ralph

At Your Service

Two-Time Survivor

Reyataz Takers: Drink Up

It's Stuffy in Here

So Hot off the Press

The Early Show

Mortal Combat

Buck Buddies

Posh Spices

Not in My House

Back to the Bathhouse

With or Without You


Campus Confidential

Reality Bites

Sarah Sorting

Above the Rim

Hot Dates-October 2007

Capital Punishment

The Shirt Off My Back


Dairy Queen

Let’s Hear It for the Boy

Editor's Letter-October 2007

Mailbox-October 2007

Catch of the Month-October 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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October 2007

Mailbox-October 2007

Mr. June

I loved Bob Ickes’ profile “Bunny Business” (June 2007) of Jeffrey Jenest, the openly positive executive vice president of Playboy Entertainment Group. I am proud not only of Jenest but of Playboy Enterprises, especially the support that company chairwoman [Christie] Hefner showed him throughout the years. Unfortunately, I left a job after I disclosed my HIV status, because I was treated badly by my employers and coworkers. It got better when I reported [the mistreatment] to human resources, but I carried around so much paranoia that I ended up leaving anyway. Reading this made me feel better about myself.
Maplewood, NJ

I was disappointed that “Bunny Business” was the June cover story. I commend Jeffrey Jenest and Playboy for their contributions to issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. But I think that their making big bucks from distributing condomless pornography while trying to justify it is a double standard—and just disgusting.
Anthony Blackwood
Redding, CA

I really liked “Bunny Business”; Jenest is an inspiration. I also loved the pictures of him. What a hot daddy he is. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a centerfold spread!

Pen Pals

I wanted to thank you for longtime columnist Shawn Decker’s essay “Write of Passage” (June 2007). I have followed Decker’s career for many years now. He brings humor into his work, which is important, because it can get us through some of the roughest times. A long time ago, I reached out to Shawn. I didn’t know that the day I e-mailed him, he would [respond so quickly] and bring his crazy energy into my life. I have since believed that when you reach out to others, you never know what it will bring back, but it’s worth the risk.
Michael Muller
Rehoboth Beach, DE

We’ve Got You Covered

In the article “Another AIDS Movie for Philadelphia” (June 2007), Kellee Terrell comments on how director Bill Duke’s upcoming feature film, Cover, has already received criticism for its down-low story line, which many claim demonizes gay black men. I want to pose the question: What about gay white or Asian men? Is there a term for men of other races in this regard?

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