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Elizabeth Taylor Tells the Truth


Letters to the Editor-November 1997

The Last Auction Hero

Suicide Ride

Twisted Sisters

Kiss Hysteria

French Toast

Code Blue

Coffee Talk

A Spot of Pot

Shalala Infections

Child’s Play

Hurray for Hollywood!

Say What - November 1997

Obituaries - November 1997

Tribute - Nigel Finch

True Brit

Baste Not, Want Not

Suicide Watch

Passage From India

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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November 1997

Coffee Talk

Sip, test and cruise

A dishy brew of double-decaf and AIDS awareness, West Hollywood's WeHo Lounge is breaking grounds as the first one-stop HIV testing/espresso bar. The java joint, an outgrowth of AIDS Healthcare Foundation's TREATMENT=LIFE program, serves up coffee and cruising, while doling out prevention and treatment pamphlets and HIV testing/counseling, all with support from the LA Health Department. "The idea is to bring HIV out of the closet and put it in people's faces," said the Foundation's Rick Reidy. Tucked between Santa Monica Boulevard's trendiest gay discos, WeHo benefits from "the most gay male foot traffic in America," according to Reidy. Soon after its June launch, E! Entertainment's Gossip Show was shot there, and the lounge's weekly "Cocktail Hour" rap group has spurred plans for a cable-access show. The hotspot offers a free cup of joe for 10 condom wrappers. Future AIDS outreach projects in local 'hoods will be guided by demographics. "If we want to attract African-American women, a cute coffee show may not be the way," Reidy says.

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