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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

No Needles

And the ban played on

Elizabeth Taylor: “While it’s gratifying to know that, after many months, Shalala validated the science, a scientific determination is an empty gesture that can be meaningful only when the administration puts its money where its mouth is.”

Jim Graham, Whitman-Walker Clinic, DC: “On the morning of the decision, Clinton stated that politics wouldn’t interfere with public health in terms of tobacco. That very afternoon he let politics interfere with public health.”

Tom Henderson, President’s AIDS Advisory Council (PACHA) member: “For the administration to say there’s an effective lifesaving intervention,  and in the same breath say they won’t fund it is morally indefensible. Gen. McCaffrey’s got a war-on-drugs mentality. It’s not a warm, fuzzy feeling to give needles to junkies, but neither is contracting HIV from drug use.”

Derek Gordon, SFAIDS Foundation: “Women and people of color are disproportionately infected by sharing dirty needles. These are human beings. Now I have to look at them and say, ‘You’ve been declared disposable by our government.”

Drew Kramer, Lower East Side Needle Exchange, NYC: “The other day I remembered ACT UP chants from the ’80s—’History will recall, George Bush did nothing at all!’—and I realized that across the board, nothing has changed for injection drug–users. Now’s the time to chain ourselves to the fence.”

Congresswoman Maxine waters (D-CA), Congressional Black Caucus: “We absolutely see no contradiction between supporting needle exchange and working to rid drugs from our communities.” She called McCaffrey “contradictory, dictatorial and limited in his understanding of this problem.”

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