February / March #6 : POZ Legacy: Roxy Ventola - by Christopher Petrikin

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Dancer from the Dance

Building Blocks

The Color of Money

Black Tie Lies

Wilson Cruz Grows Up



POZ Legacy: Pedro Zamora

(Some) Republicans Get AIDS

In Their Own Good Times


POZ Legacy: David B. Feinberg

POZ Legacy: Roxy Ventola

POZ Legacy: Tom Villard

Cracking Up

Blind to the Cost

Talk Show

Through the Glass Darkly

You're a Sex Goddess

A Model of HIV Replication

Doctor injects himself with HIV+ blood

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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February / March 1995

POZ Legacy: Roxy Ventola

by Christopher Petrikin

"Bitches with a mission" is how Roxy Ventola described herself and best friend and co-conspirator Mary Lucey. The pair often spent their downtime plotting diabolical schemes against bureaucratic health agencies. "We live for revenge," said Roxy, profiled in POZ No. 3. "I don't have a lot of time. Once you realize it's futile, you just try and chip away." She did: By scripting the TV movie, And Then There Was One, about losing her first husband and daughter to AIDS; by writing and acting in the play AIDS/US/Women; and by becoming a litigant in the ACLU's class action suit against the AIDS Clinical Trials Group for excluding women from its trials.

Roxy had a fantasy of strapping a bomb to her chest and rolling into Anthony Fauci's office at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. While she may not have gone out with the explosiveness she desired, her legacy to the AIDS community and those who knew her will have even greater impact.

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