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Table of Contents

The Age of Ignorance

Reboot Your System

POZ Annual Givers Guide

POZ Annual Givers Guide, Part 2

A Happy Convert

Working Mom

Money Man

You Can Take It With You

LifeStyle Change

Mom Knows Best

Foul Ball


To the Editor


Don't Ask, Do Tell?

In Your Wildest Steams

Boys in Green

When This You See

Ab-Fab Babs

Say What

POZarazzi: Random Harvest

Pirate of Penance

Show and Tell

hiv and Me

How Am I?

A Bite of the Apple

Down-and-Dirty Markups

Grow Your Own Bacteria

The Rx Files

Beyond Grapefruit Juice

Douching Dangers

Therapeutic Vaccine in the Works

A B.i.d. for Easier Adherence

Nevirapine for Best Head

Strong in the Tooth

Buyers Clubs

Where to Find It

Pair of Aces

Aunt Evelyn's Letters

POZ Picks

Letter from Sri Lanka: Island Fever

Wrong Way on the ADA

Mann of the Hour


Talk to the Hand

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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December 1998


KEVIN MAYE, 36, standup comic and costar of The Gay Comedy Jam, died of AIDS July 25. The Jam, started in 1994 by Maye and his partner Scott Kennedy, was described by fan James Lehman as “guys you would like to know as friends, even though they’re standing up in front of a roomful of strangers.” By 1996, Maye had  incorporated his HIV status into his performances using his signature humor—he named his last two CD4 cells Thelma and Louise.

English-teacher-turned-financial-wiz MICHAEL PALM died August 7 of a drug overdose. He was 47 and had had AIDS for many years. With colleague Steven Gluckstern, Palm made a fortune in reinsurance, the practice of sharing financial risk with primary insurance companies. In 1988, Palm and Gluckstern founded Centre Re, a Bermuda-based reinsurance company with assets now topping $9 billion. Palm retired in January, devoting himself to reading and dipping into the deep pockets of his eponymous foundation to donate millions to AIDS and gay groups. (He famously matched David Geffen’s 1995 $2.5 million grant to GMHC.) A music lover with two pianos in his Manhattan penthouse, Palm also gave to the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall.

San Francisco activist lawyer THOMAS STEEL helped bring free speech and civil rights violations to the fore. He died of AIDS July 18 at age 48 after a life defending many political dissidents, most prominently the late Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton. Following the ’60s free speech movement that sparked radicalism on college campuses nationwide, Steel spent 15 years badgering the FBI for surveillance documents, which he ultimately obtained for The San Francisco Examiner in 1995. Steel’s most celebrated victory was the $920,000 settlement awarded to S. Brian Willson, who was injured at a California naval weapons station in 1987 while protesting covert US operations in Nicaragua.

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