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Just His Imagination

Down On the Pharm

From Unsafe to Ill

Power Plants

Take a Letter, Shalala

Sherri on Top

Jibe Talk

AIDS and the Single Girl

Lazarus: Love Among the Ruins

Survey: A Council Resigned

Plant Primer


Garden Variety

Spit Tune

Life: Good Pill Hunting

Last Laugh: Impossible Dream

What's The Point?

Read This: Heroic Measures

Number's Up

Mother's Little Helpers

A Yale Tale

The Big Sleep


Say What

More Life: Even Tough Guys Get HIV

Tribute: My Brother, My Self

HIV Naysayers Find Their Achilles' HEAL

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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May 1998

Sherri on Top

by K.B. Chapman

Come to the HIV, old chum

It's day four of Viracept for Sherri Lewis. "I've had a surge of energy that is unbelievable," says Lewis, whose recent CD4 count of 230 and viral load of 100,000 convinced her that it was cocktail hour.

Lewis tested positive in 1987 as part of the blood work required for a marriage license. That union didn't last long, but she's been with her current, HIV negative beau for five years. "It's not a health worry," she says of their serodiscordance, "just an emotional worry."

Lewis' one-woman show, Life Is a Beach, recently finished a critically acclaimed run in Boston. "Because I'm an artist, I put my AIDS activism in that framework," she says. The result -- an odyssey through Lewis' 43 years, from her nights as a singer in New York City's early '80s club scene through her days of drug addiction -- raised more than $3,000 for local AIDS organizations.

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