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Table of Contents

The Power of One

The Power of One: Senegal

The Power of One: Uganda

The Power of One: Zimbabwe

The Power of One: Zambia

World Weary

South Africa's Moment of Truth

Back to the Roots

Chain Reactions: Medicine Woman

Chain Reactions: Poetic Justice

Chain Reactions: Ray of Hope

Chain Reactions: Reluctant Witness

Guest Editor's Letter

To the Editor

Bath Sides Now

Walk the Talk

Rubber Suit

Memo Demo

Dread Locked

PWAs vs. Y2K

Jail Break

Say What

Gender Agenda

Simon Nkoli


POZarazzi: Spring Sprung

License to Kill

Keep HOPE Alive

POZ Picks

Show & Tell

The Holistic Truth

Get Over It

Sugar on Top

Cheer to Adhere

Gene Pool

Cream Puff

The Protease Prison

Out in Africa

Where to Find It

Grandma’s Recipe

Grace Under Pressure

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 1999

POZ Picks

The Velocity of Gary
Directed by Dan Ireland
Sony Picture Classics

Remembering the Cosmos Flower
Directed by Junichi Suzuki
Phaedra Cinema

Last year, Wild, Wild West star Salma Hayek promised POZ en Español that she would do more to fight AIDS. Is it just a coincidence that this summer we’ll see her whirling into The Velocity of Gary, a quirky love story with a major HIV spin. Costarring Vincent D’Onfrio, the movie chronicles the ambisexual dalliances of a hustler with HIV.

And head to your local art house for the U.S. release of Japan’s award-winning indie Remembering the Cosmos Flower. This import is the next Beautiful Thing. A cutie-pie teen, outed as positive in her conservative town, stands tall with the support of her best friend after the entire school turns against her. It’s a weepie, so bring your best pal. 
—Kevin O’Leary


Morir por Amor

Directed by Martha N. Bautista
Tiempo Azul Productions

Rising HIV infections among the world’s Latinas motivated Argentine filmmaker Bautista to make this Spanish-language documentary. Through interviews and dramatizations, she examines the causes and effects of the epidemic on women.

In the story, after Maria discovers that her husband is unfaithful, a friend asks, “Haven’t you thought about AIDS?” Latinas then share their opinions on why so many in their respective countries do not. What results is a surprising spectrum of views on prevention around the globe. 
—Christian Del Moral


Rarely Pure and Never Simple

Scott O’Hara
Haworth Press

At one point in this posthumous collection of essays and poems, Scott O’Hara, author, editor and porn star, imagines a conversation among him, a libertarian and a committed socialist. Does that make a libertarian socialist like me Scott’s ideal audience? Well, I do miss his voice. (“No, you do not sound like Margaret Thatcher,” I once told him.) This book partially restores that voice.

Based on a year of columns, the volume includes some short opinion pieces that seem rather cranky. But the autobiographical essays crackle with white-hot observations of what it’s like to trick, go limp and get sick. Despite the book’s Wildean title, Scott, unlike Oscar, bore the burden of Puritan parentage; it informs his most poignant passages. The contradictory product—part libertine, part preacher—could argue both for and against recreational drugs, social restraints, porn and boyfriends. And for condomless sex, though Eros here is most regenerative when jerking off or rubbing up or just sitting in a clinic.

Coming to the part about Scott as model, I popped in my favorite O’Hara tape, a show of several artists whose sole subject is Scott, the incomparable carnal chameleon. Shuttling my eyes from page to screen, I almost succeeded in retrieving the singular voice of the man who, in editing the great gay journal of the ’90s, Steam, brought us numerous urgent voices, none more uncompromising than his own. 
—Jim Eigo

Remember When?
Photography by Ben Thornberry
Paula Barr Studio

In New York City this summer? Don’t miss “Remember When? A Portrait of AIDS Activism.” Ex-pat Brit Ben Thornberry shadowed ACT UP from ’87 to ’92, so this vast collection of black-and-whites will serve as a memory lane for AIDS vets and a history lesson for new initiates. 
—Kevin O'Leary

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