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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

POZ Index

by Dominic Hamilton-Little

Cumulative AIDS cases in the United States: 612,078
Cumulative AIDS cases in sub-Saharan Africa: 14,000,000
Documented cases of female-to-female transmission of HIV: 5
Number of Spice Girls: 5
Retail cost of one year’s worth of syringes for average IV drug injection: $95
Wholesale cost of one year’s worth of Combivir (AZT/3TC) before retail mark-up: $5,320
Cost of a new toilet on the space shuttle: $23,000,000
Cost of James Cameron’s film Titanic: $200,000,000
Number of Starbucks coffee shops in San Francisco: 30
Number of needle exchanges in San Francisco: 10
Number of syringes dispensed each week by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation: 40,000
Total AIDS deaths in the United States through June 1997: 379,258
Total casualties due to the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 170,000
Total U.S. casualties in the Persian Gulf War: 265
Total U.S. casualties due to Legionnaire’s Disease: 29
Total number of films made by Audrey Hepburn: 25
Number of weeks And the Band Played On was on The New York Times bestseller list: 5
Number of weeks The Bridges of Madison County was on The New York Times bestseller list: 164
Title of the George Orwell novel in which the totalitarian government outlawed orgasms: 1984
The year HIV was identified and condoms promoted to prevent transmission of HIV in semen: 1984
Percentage of the U.S. population that is African American: 12
Percentage of new U.S. AIDS cases that are African American: 42
Chance that an American will die in an automobile accident: 1 in 125
Chance that an American will test positive for HIV: 1 in 333
Chance of winning the jackpot in the average state lottery: 1 in 4,000,000
Amount raised by Carol Burnett in 1998’s Jeopardy Celebrity Invitational for the Hereditary Disease Foundation: $15,000
Amount raised by Gay Men’s Health Crisis’ 1997 AIDS Walk: $4,800,000
Number of walkers at 1997’s AIDS Walk: 36,000
Number of pills popped in the movie Valley of the Dolls (excluding two overdoses): 12
Number of pills taken by this writer each day: 38.5
Total U.S. box-office gross of Philadelphia: $77,324,000
Total U.S. box-office gross of Dumb and Dumber: $127,175,000
Number of ACT UP chapters in the United States as of March 1997: 12
Number of panels on the AIDS Memorial Quilt as of September 1997: 43,077
Number of panels dedicated to Mike, Mikey or Michael as of October 1996: 291
Number of panels dedicated to Deb, Debbie, Deborah or Debra as of October 1996: 37
Total National Institutes of Health budget allocated to AIDS in 1996: $1,400,000,000
Total amount that pet owners spent on health care for dogs, cats and birds in 1996: $11,100,000,000
Number of women incarcerated in New York state prisons as of January 1998: 3,700
Percentage of women in New York state prisons who are HIV positive as of January 1998: 18
Number of CD4 cells that POZ founder Sean Strub had in spring 1995: 1
Number of CD4s Sean had in spring 1998: 357

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