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Table of Contents

The Fire This Time

Rainey on Parade

The Mayor of Market Street

The Best, Worst & Weirdest 1998

Numb and Number

Love's Recovery

Back on His Feet

Say What


Two Nations Under Plague

The Black Death

To The Editor

Research for the New Millennium

POZarazzi: Saw You in September

Show & Tell

Partner Racket

POZ Picks

Letter from Manila: The Wages of Sin

Vials of the Dolls

Family Feud

Woman Warrior


Comply or Die

Vaccine Vexations

Bad News Bear

AIDS on the Net

A Crystal Ball For Drug Success

Backing off Bactrim

Vits Against Virus

Reinfection Revisited

Waste No Time

On Your Feet

Sean's Sugar Highs

Black Power

Where to Find It

Checking In: Food For Thought

Aunt Evelyn's Letters

The Price Wars

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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January 1999


Ronald Day, 36, a computer scientist whose gift for musical scoring “elevated the status” of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus (AGMC), in the words of its artistic director, David Puckett, died of AIDS August 9. A music major at Pennsylvania’s West Chester University, Day worked with the AGMC for more than a decade. At home, he kept his lover, Leon Jackson, laughing. “Ron was fairly quiet, but every once in a while, he’d come in with a zinger that no one anticipated.” The couple’s love for travel—particularly on ocean liners—took them around the world. “He could mesh with anybody,” said Jackson, “be it drag queens or businessmen.” AGMC will hold a tribute concert for Day in March.

Jay Lewis’ friend, Grant Peterson, was “shocked but not surprised” when the Sonoma, California artist took his own life July 24 at age 63. “Jay had neuropathy,” Peterson said. “It [got] into his hands and he couldn’t work.” Lewis’ career began in 1959 when he was invited to exhibit his paintings at a gallery in South Korea during an Army stint. Back in California, Lewis scraped for a living until his work won worldwide recognition. His final project, “The Found Civilization,” involved sculptures made from bits and pieces of “disposable America.” “Jay never looked straight ahead,” said Peterson. “He kept his eyes on the ground, looking for bottle caps, nuts, bones and other such pieces, which he would make into glorious art.”

Bernard VanLenten Jr., associate publisher, editor and columnist for the New York style bible, DNR Magazine, died of pneumonia August 15. He was 56. A fixture on the fashion circuit, VanLenten critiqued haute couture for over 30 years. His colleague, Bill Taffin, told POZ, “Barry had a talent for looking at fashion and seeing beyond what was coming down the runway.” In 1986, VanLenten teamed up with Elizabeth Taylor to organize one of the first major AIDS fund-raisers in the country.

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