June #124 : Cover Q&A-June 2006

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Mentors-June 2006

A Growing Concern

Cover Q&A-June 2006

Supplemental Insurance

Oral Thursh Knockout

Med-Mix Warning

Chow, Babe

Tart Up Your PI

Food for Oil

Fatty Acid Trip

In the Key of Life

PREP School

PREP for the future

WAL-MART Special

Bush the Builder

The Domino Effect

Happy Birthday to Us

Can NYC Keep A Lid On AIDS?

Virgin Vaccine

Onward Christian Condoms


Raining Men

Positive Change

Growing Pains

Dolled Up

That ’80s Show

I See Dead People

Editor's Letter-June 2006

Mailbox-June 2006

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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June 2006

Cover Q&A-June 2006

Andy Bey
Grammy-nominated jazz singer
New York City
Diagnosed 1994

How did the music industry respond when you came out as HIV positive and gay?
There’s a lot of homophobia, politics and patronizing in the business. You have to rise above all the hypocrisy and unfairness. You have to keep forging ahead. A lot of people have e-mailed me and said that my coming out has affected their lives. So I think I have made some positive dents. But I don’t try to put on a halo or save the world, and I don’t think I’m a spokesperson or an activist. It’s about the music.

Who’s your favorite singer?
Billie Holiday is my favorite pure jazz singer. She had an expres-sive-ness and honesty in her sound. Her vocal technique wasn’t opulent. It was about feelings more than just being clever.

You’re intensely spiritual—how does that affect your health?
I’m in good health. I’m on meds, and I go to the gym and meditate, and my viral load is undetectable. I’m also a vegetarian. When I was a kid, my father exposed me to things of a spiritual nature, and I’ve always felt a deep connection that wasn’t totally part of this world. You realize that your body is only temporary, but you keep trying to connect with that part of you that is God, or perfection.

Your career has resurged in the past ten years, and you got your first Grammy nomination in 2004. What’s next?  
I’m optimistic about the future. I’m still evolving vocally, and I’m working on a new album and writing my own songs. There’s still so much to learn and grasp.

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