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Table of Contents

Talking 'Bout Their Generation

Youth to Youth

Bargaining Power

Growing Up in Public

Liver Worst

Family Tree

Blood Lines


To the Editor

And on the 7th Day...

In the Sack

Vertex Vortex

Pump and Grind

Baby Gap

You Can’t Touch This

Aloe Can You Go?

Death by Bureaucracy

Bubonic Tonic

Say What

Say What

All Apologies

Plenty of Nothing

Rough Cuts

POZ Picks

Spin and Needles

No Miss Manners

HIV Confidential

Making a Scene


Presidential Nemesis

Are the Kids Alright?

Kid Gloves

Prime-Time Lives

Don’t Make Me Over

Confessions of a Jerk

Life Lessons

Quality Time

Valuable Kitchen Tool

Better Safe Than Sushi

The Heart of the Matter

To C or Not to C

The Circle Game

Youth on Drugs


Making the Grade

Finger on the Pulses

Fountain of Youth

Where to find it

Reality Check


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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September 1998


by Staff

Claude Gibney, principal at San Francisco’s St. Vincent De Paul Elementary School, died April 6 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 47. An advocate of Catholic education, Gibney often turned down more lucrative public-school positions to remain at parochial schools. “He was a strict educator,” said his longtime companion, Joe Porcoro. “He expected a lot from the kids and never let them falter.” Gibney is remembered as an intellectual whose stern side was tempered by a wicked sense of humor. “Claude had a clever mind and the mentality of a vicious queen,” Porcoro said. “He was lots of fun.”

Jeffrey Lettow, entertainment editor of the Northern California newspaper Marin Independent Journal, died March 14 after a bout of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). The 43-year-old Chicago native moved to California in 1984, where he joined the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and volunteered at Food for Thought, and at the Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa, teaching Internet use for HIV research. Described by his brother Bill as a “gregarious guy who loved people,” Lettow traveled widely with his partner, Tom Elleray. He was an outspoken supporter of Proposition 215, the medical-marijuana initiative passed by California voters in 1996. “Jeff felt that people with terminal illnesses should have that option,” Elleray said.

Before he died of AIDS March 13 in New York City, Charles Milhaupt, 48, led a varied life as a corporate businessman, fine-arts supporter and Hollywood film producer. A board member of the Howard Gilman Foundation, he helped launch Mikhail Baryshnikov’s experimental White Oak Dance Project and encouraged the foundation to finance the arts as well as AIDS medical research. A collector of midcentury art and furniture, Milhaupt modeled his Greenwich Village apartment on the ’30s classic screwball comedy The Awful Truth.

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