September #116 : Great Inspirations - by Josh Sparber

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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

Great Inspirations

by Josh Sparber

A Discovery Channel/AOL survey of 2.4 million Americans has declared the top 10 greatest Americans—ever! They range from Abraham Lincoln to Oprah. But what AIDS legacy would these all-stars leave?

10. Franklin D. Roosevelt—Triumphed despite a stigmatizing, highly contagious illness. His New Deal (think TVA, CCC, SSA) inspired three-letter mania: HIV, ASO, anyone?

9. Oprah Winfrey —Dashed off to hug Zambian AIDS orphans — but returned in time to out black men living on the down low to suburban housewives.

8. Elvis Presley—Sang ’80s hospice anthems such as “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Love Me Tender.” Also refuses to disappear, much like the bug itself.

7. Bill Clinton—Backpedaled on needle exchange, but named the first AIDS czar and brokered unprecedented deals with pharma for cheap AIDS meds in developing countries.

6. George W. Bush—Gave the world a $15 billion plan for international AIDS relief, but used lots of that money to line the pockets of abstinence-only comrades and big pharma friends.

5. Benjamin Franklin—Grand old American inventor who might put AIDS research poobah David Ho to shame, fix lipodistrophy and create a national health-care plan.

4. George Washington—Inspiring leader and founding father, who could show old-school AIDS activist Larry Kramer a thing or two about diplomacy.

3. Martin Luther King Jr.--Founded the Poor People’s Campaign, the leading inspiration for this month’s Campaign to End AIDS.

2. Abraham Lincoln—Southern homeboy who showed Civil War compassion for Dixie long before it became an AIDS hot spot. Gay presidents rule!

1. Ronald Reagan—The man who basically created AIDS? Recount, please. (Below: Colors mag ran a mock eulogy and photo in 1994, imagining an AIDS-stricken activist prez.)

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