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1995 POZ Honors

1995 POZ Honors: It's An Ad World

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1995 POZ Honors: Pope Innocent He's Not

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1995 POZ Honors: Foreign Affairs

1995 POZ Honors: Hollywood

1995 POZ Honors: Law

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1995 POZ Honors: Movies

1995 POZ Honors: Politics

1995 POZ Honors: Research

1995 POZ Honors: Eating Your Young

Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie and HIV

Hollywood Shuffles AIDS

The Newest AIDS Treatment Is Not a Drug

Banned in the U.S.A.

Mind Over Health Matters

Party Planner

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Prosper, and Live Long

Worse Things He Could Do

Get Bothered

Health Insured?

See Span


Rhymes and Reason, Too

X-ray Visions

A Little Personal Attention

Symptoms? Persist!

Butter's Not All Bad

Pas de Deux

C'mon and Celebrate

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

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Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

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January / December 1996

1995 POZ Honors: Politics

by David Tinmouth

You win some, you lose some

HIV positive political candidates are becoming more common, with mixed results. They include Tom Doyle, who unsuccessfully ran for a Colorado congressional seat; New York City Council member Tom Duane [above], who failed in his attempt to depose New York City friend of PWAs Jerrold Nadler for a U.S. House seat; and Robert Massie, who won the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts lieutenant governor but lost the 1994 general election.

Editors at Merriam-Webster are already hard at work on the revised definition of "glowworm"

"I believe in the indelible, unwashable, AIDS tattoo. It would be placed in the private area, maybe even with glow-in-the-dark ink. It would save lives," said Louisiana gubernatorial candidate David Duke.

"Billy, use your right hand—no, your other right hand"

Surgeon general Jocelyn Elders was dismissed by the Clinton administration last December for saying masturbation is "part of human sexuality and perhaps should be taught" during a Q&A at a U.N. conference on AIDS.

Perhaps putting a condom on his house only made him madder

The Republican landslide of 1994 gave Sen. Jesse Helms the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and cleared out many gay-friendly legislators who traditionally blocked his assaults on AIDS funding and prevention.
  • Demanding a reduction in federal AIDS spending in July, Helms justified himself by saying that it is the "deliberate, disgusting, revolting conduct" of people with AIDS that is responsible for the disease. Even Newt backed away from that one.
  • Helms laced his usual vitriol with a dose of distortion when he claimed that around $400 million more federal tax dollars were being spent on AIDS yearly than on cancer and heart disease, which both cause more deaths. But the Senator didn't factor in Medicaid and Medicare spending. The actual Public Health Service figures are $36.3 billion on heart disease, $16.9 billion on cancer, and $6 billion on AIDS.
  • The Senator added this amendment to the Ryan White CARE act when the five-year federal direct-care funding program came up for renewal this year: "No funds authorized under [the] Act may be used to promote or encourage, directly or indirectly, homosexuality." Although this will have little effect on how the money is spent, few can deny the amendment's symbolic violence.
Peace dividend

In a surprise move, the CDC cut funding for the anonymous testing of pregnant women throughout the nation. Some speculated the move was intended to defuse Republican efforts to have the names of those testing positive made public.

Search: Tom Duane, Jerrold Nadler, Robert Massie, David Duke, Jocelyn Elders, Jesse Helms

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