May 31-June 3
Let’s Talk About Sex Conference

SisterSong’s conference is set to gab in Chicago. It promotes sexual empowerment for women of color, with topics including erotica and microbicides.


Gay Pride
Events crescendo nationally this month. Most of them have AIDS tie-ins. We salute the PRIDEFest at Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Alabama—a state otherwise known for poor HIV care—on June 10.

June 27
National HIV Testing Day
The 10th annual event is sponsored by the National Association of People With AIDS. Urge friends to get tested; find a convenient testing site near you by searching the AIDS Services Directory at

July 19-22
Red Ribbon Ride
Pedal like hell to help the Minnesota Red Ribbon Ride  beat last year’s tally of $690,000. Cyclists will set off from the Mall of America for a 300-mile tour.

July 22-25
International AIDS Society Conference
The world’s sharpest AIDS minds will convene in Sydney to discuss  the latest in AIDS treatment and prevention. Check out to read our continuous conference coverage including live POZcasts and interviews from down under.

Summer Reads
In honor of its 20th anniversary, read—or reread—And the Band Played On, the late Randy Shilts’ account of personal struggles—and woeful government inaction—in the early days of AIDS.