December #119 : A New Year Bathed in Promise - by David Evans

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On the Cover-Juliano Innocenti

Melting the Winter Blues

Higher Ground

Sex in the Age of Meds

WHY...December 2005

Steps to the Future

The Fright Before Xmas

Striking Oil

A Gift to Yourself

A New Year Bathed in Promise

Weighing CD4 Counts

Trainer's Bench - December 2005

The Legal Eye - December 2005

Sexy Holiday Toys


LeRoy Whitfield 1969-2005

Earthwatch - December 2005

Tripped Up

Buzz - December 2005

Out of the Blues

A Lifeline for All

Yesterday's News

As the Virus Turns

Mentors - December 2005

Mailbox - December 2005

Editor's Letter - December 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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December 2005

A New Year Bathed in Promise

by David Evans

What is now celebrated as New Year’s Eve was once a night of mourning for the dying year. Today, in a rush to deny any sign of life’s passing—and thus mortality itself—Americans head straight for the party instead. Yet HIV has taught us that renewed possibility and purpose are often found only by confronting death. When we don’t stop—for even a few moments—to solemnly reflect on life’s endings, life itself can lose meaning.

The beaches of Rio de Janeiro fill each New Year’s Eve with worshipful revelers who bring lighted candles, flowers and perfume and who danceand bathe in the surf to seek favor from the African sea goddess, Iemanja—who legend says, “chooses the men she is to take on the bottomless journey to the depths of the sea.”

Perhaps the key to a truly joyous 2006, one filled with special meaning and second chances, lies not just in looking ahead, but in looking back to traditions as timeless as this. They have carried generations through the long night and into the dawn of a new year.  

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