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Tim Courtney

Posted on April 17, 2014 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Tim Courtney Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer “Ruby, do you want to play doctor? This time let me be the doctor, okay?” This childhood memory flashes through my noggin’ when I see an old chum, Tim Courtney, at an AIDS fundraiser in San Diego. Tim and I used to be neighbors and one time during [...]

Lost in Emotion

Posted on April 7, 2014 by in Columns, Frontdesk

Frontdesk by David Waggoner Lost in Emotion Airplanes disappear without a trace. Epidemics continue without an end in sight. What phenomenon makes the first a riveting mystery that demands closure and the second something that can be slowed to a crawl? What mystifies me is how much media attention has been paid to the loss [...]

Just*in Time: March 2014

Posted on April 2, 2014 by in Columns, Just*in Time

Hello Justin, I have seen your Web site and it looks like you are a knowledgeable person about HIV and HIV prevention. I had a possible exposure with another male; I was the bottom partner and condoms were used, but it was my first experience so I immediately got scared. Anyway, I went and got [...]

The History Boys?

Posted on March 19, 2014 by in Columns, Frontdesk

Frontdesk by David Waggoner Martin Duberman is a great man whose collected works of history, fiction, nonfiction, and biography have influenced thousands of writers, probably more than any other post-Stonewall thinker on the planet. But his intellectual rigor is not, and never shall be, the sole reason to read him. His take on the AIDS [...]

Mitchell Anderson

Posted on March 12, 2014 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Mitchell Anderson I miss Karen Carpenter. Every time I hear her angelic voice on a recording it soothes and stimulates my whole being. The other night I watched The Karen Carpenter Story, with Cynthia Gibb and Mitchell Anderson, as my fireplace was roarin’ and my legs were propped up on [...]

Silent Movie

Posted on March 5, 2014 by in Columns, Frontdesk

Frontdesk by David Waggoner Films have played a large part in the history of AIDS—from the seminal Longtime Companion (1989) to Philadelphia (1993) to this year’s Oscar favorite, Dallas Buyers Club (released in 2013), Hollywood has made movie magic out of an oftentimes ignored and even silent epidemic. Certainly famous film directors have played an [...]

Surviving Surviving

Posted on February 26, 2014 by in Columns, First Generation

First Generation by Chuck Willman Just Being Human How do we survive surviving the plague? First of all, I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holiday season, no matter what or if you celebrate anything. We all know that what’s supposed to be one of the “happiest” times of the year—all filled with hope [...]

Erik Stein

Posted on February 24, 2014 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Erik Stein Last summer I was joyfully transported through time and space to Czarist Russia by Erik Stein’s boffo performance as Tevye the milkman in the classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof. I was entertained under the stars by the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) Theaterfest production in [...]

Just*in Time: February 2014

Posted on February 21, 2014 by in Columns, Just*in Time

Hello Justin, Just checked out your video regarding the biohazard tattoo and it inspired me to write. I was diagnosed with HIV two years ago. When this happened I did the responsible thing and notified those I had sexual relations with to ensure all were tested. I never was able to pinpoint who passed it [...]

Just*in Time: January 2014

Posted on January 27, 2014 by in Columns, Just*in Time

Hello Justin, My name is Enrique and I live in Mexico and I am HIV-positive. I first saw your blog and YouTube videos around two years ago, or maybe more. That’s when I first got diagnosed and I started looking things up on the Internet and I was led to your YouTube blog. Well, I [...]