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Sean Strub
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Sean Strub is a long-time activist and writer who has been HIV positive for more than 33 years. He is the founder of POZ magazine, the leading independent global source of information about HIV, and served as its publisher and executive editor from 1994 to 2004.

He presently serves as the executive director of the Sero Project, a network of people with HIV fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice and as treasurer of the U.S. Caucus of PWHA Organizations. He served on the board of directors of the Global Network of People living with HIV/AIDS from 2009 to 2012 and as co-chair of its North American affiliate from 2011 to 2012.

His new book, Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival, will be published by Scribner in January 2014.

Entries by Sean Strub

Whitewashing AIDS History

(9) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Dr. Anthony Fauci is rewriting history. He is doing so to disguise his shameful role in delaying promotion of an AIDS treatment that would have prevented tens of thousands of deaths in the first years of the epidemic.

In my book, Body Counts, A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS,...

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Kenneth Cole Needs a History Lesson

(9) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 2:23 PM

As the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic are finally being documented in various films, books and exhibits, we must be vigilant to the consequences of historical revisionism. Last week, longtime amfAR board chair Kenneth Cole was on Chelsea Handler's TV talk show Chelsea Lately and rewrote history...

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Think Having HIV Is Not a Crime? Think Again

(99) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 2:26 PM

At the beginning of the fourth decade of the HIV epidemic, profound stigma and discrimination is a fact of life for those with the disease -- not just socially, but within our legal system. Ask Robert Suttle, an advocate against HIV criminalization.

Robert, born to a 13-year-old mother in Shreveport,...

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'It's Never Just HIV' Ad Campaign Oversimplifies the Issue

(86) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 6:22 PM

The New York City Department of Health's "It's Never Just HIV" advertising campaign, targeted to encourage HIV negative gay and bisexual men to use condoms, has prompted a conversation that is profoundly important and speaks directly to the heart of the problems with HIV prevention.

The ad features...

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Condomizing Jesse Helms' House

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2008 | 6:33 PM


"We need protection against Helms' bigotry and ignorance. Condoms have worked pretty well in protecting against HIV, so we decided to try one on the senator." --James Serafini, one of the "TAG 7"


In the summer of 1991, Wall Street bond trader-turned-AIDS activist Peter Staley...

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Swiss Say Condoms Not Necessary...Sometimes

(12) Comments | Posted March 26, 2008 | 5:12 PM

The Swiss Federal Commission for HIV/AIDS released a remarkable statement a few weeks ago that opened the door to the possibility of sex without condoms for people with HIV.

Citing their review of a long string of studies measuring HIV transmission from people with HIV to HIV-negative partners, the...

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