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How to End the Epidemic

Blame It on Your Hormones

Both Sides Now

Editor's Letter

Mailbox-November 1999

Rock of Aegis

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Class Act

Drug Ads Add Up

Life is better with HIV, say 49% of positive folks.

"Should Marijuana Be Legal for Medical Purposes?"

Less than 3,000 Served

All the Lonely People

A Squeeze-In at the Summit

Remembrance of Things Present

Future Shock

Cho & Tell

Babe in Boyland

Bad Faith

Get Well Soon

Dr. Leather Meets Mr. Right

Ties That Bind

Supreme Sacrifice

Pregnant Poz

How to Have a Healthy Baby

Spare the Breast

Stop PCP Pills?

The Big Queasy

On the Rebound

From the Gut

Hoop Dreams



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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November 1999

Class Act

by Shana Naomi Krochmal

When Kathryn Kuebler was paired with Clifton, New Jersey, city councilwoman Gloria Kolodziej for a day of civic learning last spring, their small talk sparked big changes. The Jersey girl, 18, gave her elder a lesson in the AIDS-awareness club at her school. When Kolodziej asked how she could apply the students’ work to the municipal level, Kuebler suggested free HIV testing and counseling services—and the city council took her up on it by implementing her ideas. “Kathryn actually helped me to learn a lot,” said Kolodziej. We caught up with Kuebler after classes let out.

Why did you start the club?
Our school didn’t do anything about AIDS. There’s not even sex ed until senior year—but most kids are having sex by then. At first the school put restrictions on what we could say or write in pamphlets. They didn’t want us to talk about homosexuals or mention anal and oral sex in our hand--outs. They let up because I kept pushing them.

How did you turn a tour of City Hall into HIV 101?
You’re supposed to be quiet, but I have lots of opinions. All of the surrounding cities have testing, but not Clifton. I wanted something that wasn’t limited to helping only students. Other people need help, too.

What’s next for you?
I want to study forensic medicine—I’m being optimistic and hoping there won’t be a need for AIDS research by the time I finish school.

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