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The Metaphor of Rain

Posted on January 27, 2015 by in Brave New World, Columns

Brave New World by Corey Saucier The Metaphor of Rain Why should a song about Southern California deprive us of re-sets & renewals? There is this mythos that says that it never rains in Southern California. There are songs written about it, and films that begin with the promise of forever blue skies. The way [...]

Itsik Levy, Part 1

Posted on January 26, 2015 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Itsik Levy, MD [Part one of a two-part interview] There’s something magical about Israel—a mosaic blend of 4 million Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Could it be their diversity, strength, or pride? Maybe it’s their beaches, culture, nightlife, or cuisine? No matter, a familiarity sheaths me…and I feel at home. Currently, [...]

Responding to TB

Posted on January 23, 2015 by in LifeGuide, Treatment Horizons

LifeGuide [Treatment Horizons] Rapid Response Why advances in point-of-care TB diagnostics determine the future of the AIDS crisis by Mariel Selbovitz, MPH TB—one of the greatest killers and what appears to be the most persistent of our public health threats—still lacks effective widespread utility of rapid point-of-care diagnostics to quickly and accurately diagnosis TB infection. [...]

Cure—or Bust

Posted on January 22, 2015 by in Destination: Cure, LifeGuide

LifeGuide [Destination Cure] Cure—or Bust Amid advances and setbacks in care, we must still aim for the end of HIV by Jeannie Wraight I recently read a rather angry reader comment on an article that discussed a study looking at a potential strategy as a cure for HIV. The comment-maker was the father of a [...]

Grassroots Appeal

Posted on January 21, 2015 by in Columns, Frontdesk

Frontdesk by David Waggoner Grassroots Appeal January can be a downer month for so many reasons—especially if one lives as far north as I do. Blizzards, freezing rain, and other health hazards are enough to make me want to get the hell out of Albany. Alas, one has to put the nose to the grindstone; [...]

Bill Bytsura

Posted on January 20, 2015 by in Gallery

Retooling the Fight In his upcoming coffee-table book, photographer Bill Bytsura captures a portrait of early AIDS activism, offering a candid visual memoir of the epidemic—and a blueprint for continuing the fight by Alina Oswald Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary actions, and for people willing to go to the extremes in order to act in [...]

Positive: A Memoir

Posted on January 19, 2015 by in Positively Literary

Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl, with Ali Benjamin HarperCollins Reviewed by Alina Oswald The word might very well be mightier than the sword, and in more than one way. That’s because words, and the actions they imply and/or encourage, have the power to forever change a person’s life…for better or for worse. Usually, people [...]

APLAHW & REACH LA

Posted on January 16, 2015 by in Features

It’s a Life Thing Protecting young people of color in Los Angeles requires a whole-life focus by Larry Buhl Hip hop music blares over the mini-mall parking lot. A DJ shouts: “Get tested, and get a $10 gift card and enter a raffle for two tickets to see Chris Brown and Trey Songz at the [...]

Determine Your Status

Posted on January 15, 2015 by in Noteworthy

Determine Your Status Access to the Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo test, a fourth-generation rapid test, has expanded thanks to the FDA’s granting of a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) Waiver. In August 2013, the test was approved for sale in the U.S. to health facilities and labs that are licensed to conduct tests of [...]

Blood Ban Policy

Posted on January 13, 2015 by in Features

Blood Simple The FDA changes the ban on gay men donating blood—but just a little by Larry Buhl For advocates wanting to end the FDA’s thirty-two-year-old ban on gay or bi men (or MSMs) donating blood, it’s been one step forward, one step back. Men who had sex with men anytime since 1977 have been [...]