February #32 : Say What

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Table of Contents

Marked Man

Warts and All

Cracker Jack

Names Will Never Hurt You?

War on the Warts

Rub a Drug Flub

Déjà Vu

Green Means Go

The Cutting Edge

Sealed w/KS

Shalala Infections

An Ad Is an Ad Is an Ad

ADAP Tapped

Trojan Wars

Girls on Trial

The Pill Drill

Say What

Tapped for Greatness

My Brother

Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels

Carmine’s Story

There Is Hope: Learning to Live With HIV

Crocodile Tears

The Kinsey Sicks



Cocktails: The Morning After

Patrolling the Borders


Instruments of Infection

Hiccup Blues

A New Kind of Waisting

.38 Caliber

The Labors for Your Fruits

Barbed Comments

Party Planner

Hollywood Golightly

At the End of My Hope

Criminal Body

I Got All My Sistahs With Me

Primo Chemo



POZ Stars


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 1998

Say What

AIDS: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

“‘The AIDS crisis’ has become a slogan, like ‘AIDS: The Quicker Picker-Upper’ or ‘AIDS: The Uncola.’ Like other overworked slogans, ‘the AIDS crisis’ no longer means anything. Some of us hold onto it because we’re afraid to let go of the moral authority that living in crisis lent us, others because they’re trying to sell us something…. Continuing to promote a crisis mentality harms those who fall for it and destroys the credibility of AIDS organizations in the eyes of those who don’t. And this, in the long run, is worse for HIV/ AIDS prevention and service efforts than admitting the obvious: The crisis is over, and the epidemic continues. It’s time we incorporated that into our worldviews and got on with our lives.”

--Sex-advice columnist
Dan Savage, Chicago Reader,
October 17, 1997

With Friends Like These

“[ACT UP/Golden Gate member Stephen] LeBlanc made his most potent point, drawing audience applause, when he said he has ‘fewer avenues of access to the [San Francisco] AIDS Foundation than to Glaxo Wellcome or Merck.’”

--“Town Meeting Blasts AIDS Foundation,”
Bay Area Reporter,
October 30, 1997

Dumb Justice

Circuit Judge Richard Margolius:
“How did you get that dragon tattoo?”
Defendant Joseph Brendecke:
“Tattoos by Lou.”
Margolius: “Nobody regulates these people. You might as well just go and have anal sex with a bunch of gay people or something. You might as well take a gun and blow your brains out.”

--“Tough Talk,”
Miami Herald,
November 3, 1997

God It Goin’ On

“I don’t know that much about [AIDS], and I don’t want to. Tell these people to be responsible in their actions and get right with God, and this virus will dissipate.”

--Biloxi Councilmember Billy Hewes on why tax dollars should not help fund AIDS support,
The Sun Herald,
November 5, 1997

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