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The Good Doctor

Dying for a Vaccine

Ashok to the System

Banking on Disaster

International Dream Team 1998

Not Your Average Joe


To the Editor

Conference Call

Poz Picks

AIDS Is Over

Mourning Star


Penny Wose, Pound Foolish

River Runs Dry

In the Blood

Nine Lives

Off the Shelf

Power Nutrients

Saved by the Cell

Time Warp

Catch Air!

Urine Luck

External Affairs

HIV, Sir!

Phone Sex

Germs in Sperm

Autograph Book

Baby Dolls

No Needles

Strike a Pose

CPR for HAART Failure

Salvadoran Savior

POZ Index

Indelicate Balance

Mistruths and Consequences

Positive Planet

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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July 1998

Phone Sex

Dial "P" for prevention

The California State Health Department wants you to reach out and touch someone. In its new HIV prevention campaign, the agency is handing out 50,000 10-minute calling cards to local groups connected to those at high risk for HIV. Before cashing in on free long-distance, callers hear a prerecorded message: “You have the power to stop HIV and AIDS. Use a condom every time you have sex,” followed by California’s AIDS hotline number. “Prevention literature often ends up in the trash,” said Drew Johnson, of the California Office of AIDS. “But when you offer something of value, people are more likely to listen. The card provides a tool for self-reflection.”
Tell that to GMHC’s Richard Elovich. “There’s a value in disseminating safer-sex messages, but they are starting to become a little like the surgeon general’s warning on cigarette packs,” he said. “People don’t want to see them anymore. We have to expand our HIV prevention efforts beyond one-way instruction.”

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