December #54 : Mass Appeal - by Shana Naomi Krochmal

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The AIDS Decade: The 99 Greatest Moments of the '90s

Inside Agitator

Happy Holidays?

It's 10 O'Clock. Do You Know Where Your Meds Are?

Publisher's Letter

Mailbox-December 1999

Your Money or Your Life

Mass Appeal

STARHS Search

Parallel Universe

Arts

Syph 'N' Spin

Hot Copy

Attention, Shoppers

Where Did HIV Come From?

The Spirit of St. Louis

Splendor in the Pines

Keeping the Faith

Milestones

Tenement Dreams

10,000 Hemophiliacs

Just Eat It

Food Fight

The Hit List

Compound Interest

When to Treat Hep C?

Hep Help Hurray!

The Scoop on Poop

Could You Have HAD?

Shelf Life

Vintage Gallo

Days of Wine and Doses

Less Is More

Cutting Corners

A Day Without

Catching Up With



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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December 1999

Mass Appeal

by Shana Naomi Krochmal

Organizations of the National Day of Struggle for Medications in Rio de Janeiro successfully lobbied in the cash-strapped Brazilian government to reverse its decision to cut funding for AIDS meds. An estimated 536,000 Brazilians have HIV, but the sharp devaluation of the real (Brazil's currency) led to a moratorium on expensive imported drugs. Preventive Theater Company--an offshoot of Brazil's first AIDS org, Grupo Pela Vidda--staged a political funeral complete with black veils, wilted flowers and an executioner. The September 8 demo, held the day after Brazil's Independence Day, drew major media and more than 100 mourners to the steps of the national health ministry. "The only sound was a lonely drum," said co-organizer Ronaldo Mussauer. "It seemed that not only a burial was taking place--the whole graveyard has come out to the streets."



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