December #30 : Secondhand Dose - by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

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Wild Kingdom

Rx Marijuana

Gender Matters

The Fabulous One

Mailbox

S.O.S.

Resistance Gets a Wellcome

Name in Vain

Go Figure

Like Butt-ah

An Aye for an Eye

To Russia Without Love

The Odd Couple

Secondhand Dose

Law and Disorder

AIDS in 2003

Catholic Cleanup

Until the Cure

Say What--December 1997

Diana, Princess of Wales

Chaka Treatment

Bear Essentials

Brace Yourself

All That Jazz

Respect Your Elders!

Bill of Health

Nunz With Attitude

POZ Picks-December 1997

Don't Mess With Mama

All Yesterday's Parties

The Light Burns Out

Peace of My Heart

Swing Your Partner

Once Upon a Lazarus

The Grim Reefer

In Case of Emergency

A DJ Saved My Life

Sweetness and Blight

"The First Cure"

Breaks for the Aches

Fishing for Supplements

When HIV Drugs Fail

Mary Fisher Gets Mad

Music Is Medicine



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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December 1997

Secondhand Dose

by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

Meds recycled into bodies

A Venezuelan woman's transcontinental trek kicked off AID for AIDS, a nonprofit that distributes meds to eight Latin American countries. "An old lady appeared [at New York City's Venezuelan Gay & Lesbian Association] in 1996 and said, 'My son and his wife are infected and don't know what to do,'" said Julio Roa, who spearheads the scavenger offshoot. "We got the drugs for them." The activists rely on word-of-mouth to locate drugs destined for the dump. Supplies are then delivered by volunteers to 70 clients a month, who must present detailed documentation. "When people switch treatment, they throw away their drugs," Roa said. "By collecting all these cast-off therapies, we help a lot of people."



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