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A POZ Family Album

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Year One

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Year Two

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Year Three

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Year Four

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Year Five

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Profiles

The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now: Andrew Sullivan

The Way We Live Now: Jocelyn Elders

The Way We Live Now: Mary Lucey

The Way We Live Now: Rafael Campo

The Way We Live Now: Mathilde Krim

The Way We Live Now: Mario Cooper

The Way We Live Now: Richard Goldstein

The Way We Live Now: Phill Wilson

The Way We Live Now: Michael Saag

The Way We Live Now: David Ho

The Way We Live Now: Jon Kaiser

The Way We Live Now: Sarah Schulman

The Way We Live Now: Judy Greenspan

The Way We Live Now: Eric Rofes & Dan Savage

The Way We Live Now: Kaiya Montaocean

The Way We Live Now: Ashok Row Kavi

The Way We Live Now: Pat Califia

The Way We Live Now: Asia Russell & Julie Davids

The Way We Live Now: Dennis DeLeon

The Way We Live Now: Jason Farrell

The Way We Live Now: Pernessa Seele

Honeymoon to HAARTache

Monkey Business

S.O.S.

When Plagues Return

To the Editor

School Ties

The Bottom Line

Up Close & Personal

Say What

Two Peas in a POZ

In Cold Blood

Oops!

Rubber Poll

Poster of the Month

Success Has Made a Failure of Us

POZarazzi: The Bod Squad

Saint Sorge

Obits

Anecdotal Antidotes

Get Over It

Rubdown Lowdown

The Berlin Stories

T-20, Coming to a Combo Near You

Pill Drill

Suck in Your Gut

Put the Gart Before the Course

Where to Find It

The Skinny on Lipo

HAART Chart

The Road to Wellville

IN MEMORIAM



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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May 1999

Obits

VERNON “COPY” BERG, 47, an artist and one of the first to challenge a military discharge on the grounds of homosexuality, died of AIDS January 27. In 1975, Berg successfully sued the Navy to dispute his “other than honorable” discharge. As a result the armed forces began granting honorable discharges to gay personnel. In 1998, at an on-campus Rutgers University exhibit, Berg had another run-in with controversy, this time with students who objected to the sexual content of photographs taken by his lover, Marcus Leatherdale, one of which showed Berg masturbating. “They don’t see AIDS as relevant to them,” Berg told POZ in an interview last October. “I presented masturbation as an alternative to a death sentence. They thought I was just showing off.”

RYAN NAKAGAWA, 40, chief ethics officer of Los Angeles’ Metropolitan Transportation Commission, died of AIDS January 11. Prior to his job with the MTC, Nakagawa served as policy advisor to then-state controller Gray Davis, now California’s governor, and served on the LA County Judicial Procedures Commission. “Ryan was a true diplomat,” said his partner James Litz.  “He could speak before any group and keep his cool.” Fluent in Russian, Nakagawa was also a marathon runner. Nakagawa’s ashes will be scattered along Ka’ena Point on Oahu, his native island, in Hawaii—“where spirits depart,” Litz said.

JOHN WATSON, 44, a medical librarian and AIDS educator based in Washington, DC, died of AIDS January 16. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s senior international multicultural liaison from 1988 to 1996, Watson trained international AIDS educators. He also helped develop the CDC’s National AIDS Clearinghouse. Watson had a “unique understanding of cultural and ethnic subtleties,” said Rafael Mazin of the Pan American Health Organization.




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