“Ninja” (Georgia), “Gumbo” (South Carolina), “The 8s”(Washington), “The Walking Dead” (Illinois), “The Monkey” (Virginia)and “The Gangster” (Louisiana)

Pharmasset/Incyte’s working name for a new nuke in Phase II trials

“Put my thing down, flip it and reverse it.”
Lyric in Missy Elliott’s “Work It,” which peaked at No. II on the Billboard charts in 2002. 

“Where are the [black leadership] rallies...the demands for more money for research and prevention? The usual suspects—Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the NAACP— have had little to say about a plague spreading like wildfire.” —Syndicated columnist Cynthia Tucker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

1 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Hours during which 13 out of 16 shows containing the keyword “AIDS” aired between June 12–20, according to a TiVO search

Percentage of black gay/bi men in a five-city study found to have HIV (the highest rate of any U.S. group)

Times by which a black woman’s HIV risk is greater than a white woman’s.

1,112 million
CDC’s estimated number of Americans with HIV in ’05, topping 1 million for the first time

“Caring, nurturing, sensitive”
—Microsoft Encarta’s star-sign traits for legendary AIDS activist  Larry Kramer, a Cancer, who hit 70 on June 25. Mazel tov!

fewer infections occurred in a Brazilian study of mixed-status hetero couples when the HIV positive partner was on meds.

Headline of the Month:
“Florida Babies Born HIV Positive Shrinking” 
—Associated Press, 06.17.05 = Gay Men’s Health Crisis, New York’s oldest and largest AIDS  service organization =, a self-described index of the Net’s best gay-sex websites.