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HIV/AIDS in Black America: The Uphill Battle

Posted February 21, 2011 | 09:31:13 (EST)

In the fall of 1991, during a game of capture the flag in my eighth grade gym class, the teacher told us to stop playing, get in two lines and be very quiet. She told us that a serious announcement was going to be made. A few minutes later, over...

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CNN Tackles HIV and (GASP!) Just About Succeeds

Posted January 20, 2011 | 15:12:06 (EST)

When I read that CNN's Anderson Cooper was hosting a news special about the AIDS epidemic in America, I wasn't too excited about it. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for Cooper, but too many times mainstream media's coverage of HIV/AIDS has fallen flat.

Case...

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Media Mishandles HIV-Related Bill in Nebraska

Posted January 14, 2011 | 13:45:49 (EST)

Even though HIV and hepatitis C are not spread through the transference of saliva, that scientifically proven fact didn't stop Nebraska State Senator Mike Gloor. On Jan. 10, Gloor proposed a bill that would make spitting on a police officer a misdemeanor in his state, but for someone living with...

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Why Fear and HIV Prevention Shouldn't Mix

Posted January 5, 2011 | 16:16:01 (EST)

Think one part The Walking Dead, one part CSI and a dash of any anti-gay public service announcement (PSA) from the 1950s, and that pretty much sums up "It's Never Just HIV," the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH)'s newest PSA. In an...

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Tips for the Media on How to Stop Screwing Up HIV/AIDS Coverage

Posted December 14, 2010 | 11:56:11 (EST)

This year, we saw a number of medical breakthroughs that made headlines: The discovery of two rare human antibodies that kill 90 percent of all HIV strains, which could provide the basis for a vaccine. The first-ever successful clinical trial of a microbicide, which could bring...

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Why the Porn Industry's HIV Problem Is Our Problem, Too

Posted October 26, 2010 | 19:10:48 (EST)

For the past two weeks, the media has been buzzing about the adult film performer in California who tested positive for HIV. The actor, inappropriately dubbed "Patient Zero," has been identified as a male actor who worked in both gay and straight porn, which...

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Oprah Misses the Mark on HIV/AIDS... Again

Posted October 14, 2010 | 18:53:22 (EST)

Oprah Winfrey devoted the Oct. 7 episode of her talk show to HIV/AIDS. But instead of it being about anything substantial, eye-opening or educational, Oprah decided to focus on issues that distort the epidemic.

"Why She Sued Her Husband for 12 Million and Won" opened with beautiful, educated...

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Who's Gonna Stand Up To AIDS in America?

Posted September 21, 2010 | 15:07:47 (EST)

A few weeks ago, network television joined forces to raise awareness and money for cancer--and to no surprise, America paid attention. Stand Up To Cancer clocked in a record 18.3 million viewers and raised a whopping 80 million dollars. And while I watched dozens of celebrities talk about the importance...

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