October #117 : Rap Sheet - by Emmy Favilla

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Immuno's Defense

Quick Draw

The Common Touch

Seeking for the Perfect Pill

Three’s the Charm With One-A-Day

No Cure, But A Better Liver

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Home Work

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Flu-Shot Time


In Sickness and In Health

Buzz Off

A Little off the Top

Buddy Up

Who Will Save Them Next?

Pulse - October 2005

Wait-Lifting Stretches

Charlize in Charge

Miss Congeniality 3:HIV

Rap Sheet

Mentors - October 2005

Sex Toys R Us

Trying Trials


Editor's Letter - October 2005

Mailbox - October 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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October 2005

Rap Sheet

by Emmy Favilla

Hip-hoppers rhyme “HIV awareness”

Ten years after rapper Eazy-E died from AIDS, hip-hoppers are lyrically battling their fans—to get tested. “Hip-hop is our generation’s tool for education and liberation,” says Monifa Bandele, executive director of the Malcolm X movement, which organized Black August, an annual hip-hop benefit in New York. The concert, headlined by rhymer Mos Def, netted a much-needed $14,000 for HIV awareness in the U.S. and Africa. Half of all new HIV cases in the U.S. occur among African Americans.

Also in August, VH1 aired Tracking the Monster, documenting singer India.Arie’s African AIDS-clinic tour. Black Entertainment Television, meanwhile, continues to educate young adult African Americans with its Rap-It-Up programming . Even rapper/actress Eve got tested on her UPN show. Marteniz Brown, a patient advocate who played Eve’s testing counselor, says clients ask, “I’ve been thinking of getting tested since I saw Eve—where can I [go]?” Hip-hop hooray.         

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