May #23 : The Philadelphia Story - by Walter Armstrong and Ronnilyn Pustil

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Plastic Explosion

Who's Afraid of Reinfection?

Don't Call Him 'Poster Boy'

Saving Faces

Grandmother Theresa

Surgical Rotations

Fate Expectations

Mirror Image


Mailbox-May 1997

On Native Ground

Move Over, Elmo

Devil's in the Data

Cheesehead Shalala

Don't Cry for Me, Marijuana

The Pot Thickens

Fellatio Felon

Diver Dissed

French Roast

AZT Linked to Cancer in Mice

The Philadelphia Story

Fashion Victims

Say What

Legacy-Tom Stoddard

Skin Deep


She's Going to Live!


A Delicate Bully Pulpit

La Dolce Morte

A Delicate Bully Pulpit

Damned but Beautiful

Dressed for Arrest

POZ Picks-May 1997

Hymn to a Gym

Bodies of Work

Healing Beauty

Longtime Companion

For Doom, the Bell Tolls

Whatta Cut Up

Health Club Horrors


Protein Power

The Missing Zinc

Bad Blood

Lovely Labs

The Biology of Beauty

It's My Party


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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May 1997

The Philadelphia Story

by Walter Armstrong and Ronnilyn Pustil

Was a serial syringe stabber on the loose?

A 32-year-old woman with 11 arrests to her name was nabbed again earlier this year after a citywide dragnet. But this time she was charged with a string of felonies, including attempted murder and terroristic threats. After being accused of shoplifting at a CVS Pharmacy, Philadelphian Deborah Beckwold told employees she left a child unattended in a car; once outside, she pulled a syringe out of her purse, jabbed the female worker escorting her with a hypodermic needle and shouted, "I have AIDS!" She then fled in a cab. This was Beckwold's second syringe stabbing. In May 1995, when accused of stealing $59 worth of goods at a Rite Aid Pharmacy, she stuck a needle in a clerk's arm and yelled, "You're going to die!" Police don't know whether she has HIV, and they're considering seeking a court order to test her for the virus.

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