September #116 : Mailbox - September 2005

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Table of Contents

Charles King Has a Dream

Cross-Country Crusaders

Quoth the Raven

A Trip to Bountiful

Doctor's Diary - September 2005

Combo Vision

Hearts and Chocolate

The New HIV Bouncers

Foreign Agents

Positively Fit

Fitness 101

Weep No More

Ask the Sexpert - September 2005

Antibody Snatcher

The DL Deal

Legal Eye - September 2005

Medicaid Watch

Savings and Moan

Freedom to Worship

Spirit Guide

Teenage Wasteland

Shooting Gallery

HIV Hot Spots for Injections

Buzz Kill

Run for the Border

Mentors - September 2005

I Say a Little Prayer

Easy Come, Easy Go

Forever a Fighter

Founder's Letter - September 2005

Mailbox - September 2005

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 2005

Mailbox - September 2005

My Fair Lady

I found your discussion of Femmes Positives, the organization fighting to criminalize HIV transmission in France, to be objective and representative [“Fighting Femmes,” June 2005]. Aurore, the 24-year -old woman who killed herself after hearing her infector might get out of prison, is my daughter. I simply wish to fight for  justice—so I say yes to criminalization. Obviously, the answer is not to punish everybody—people with HIV are not bad. But we need vigilance and to spread our message. You are part of this chain of communication.
Ange Jochem
Vendenheim, France

“Fighting Femmes” is extremely biased and makes me ashamed to live in France. You feed the criminalization movement by using mostly one-sided quotes from the women of Femmes Positives—even if you criticize many of the dubious things they stand for. Your cover line, “French Revolution,” should be “French Regression.” Do you know that there are approximately 70,000 HIV positive women in France, and they are almost all [likely] against criminalization? Giving this small minority publicity can only reinforce their convictions.
Marjolaine Degremont

I was intentionally infected by a lover and must disagree with Sean Strub and his view of criminalization [Founder’s Letter, June 2005]. He contends that “the trend to prosecute people with HIV who have sex deemed ‘unsafe’ or without disclosing their status is terrifying.” My lover of four years came to me and forced unsafe sex. He knew his status and later disclosed to a friend his intention to infect me to “maintain the relationship.” This kind of behavior deserves prosecution.
Dean Jones
Orlando, Florida


“White Smoke in Our Eyes” [June 2005] calls the Catholic Church’s stance on condom use “oversimplistic” without actually explaining it. This indicates a lack of understanding of the sanctity the Incarnation bestowed upon the human body. Picturing a chalice, the sacred vessel of the blood of Christ, overflowing with packaged condoms was a sacrilege and an outrage. Showing an unwrapped condom on the fingers of the late Pope John Paul II was pornographic. Your disgraceful display only deepened the schism between those fighting AIDS from within the Church teachings and those from without.
Elizabeth Lynch  
Ilion, New York
Corrections: In “Fighting Femmes” [June 2005], Aurore had been dating the man who infected her for eight months—not six years— six months of which they lived together.

Beacon Hill Clinic in Boulder, Colorado, does offer post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to its clients [“PEP on the Down Low,”    May 2005].

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