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The Future of Clone 3

Posted on September 26, 2013 by in Columns, Left Field

Left Field by Patricia Nell Warren All Good Things Are we nearer the day when the promise of a vaccine will outweigh profits & politics? There’s an old saying, “All good things must come to an end.” Writing this column for A&U has been a good thing for a decade and a half now. I’ve [...]

Unaffordable Housing

Posted on July 15, 2013 by in Columns, Left Field

Left Field by Patricia Nell Warren Unaffordable Housing Budget cuts are cracking the foundation of HIV/AIDS treatment In San Francisco in 2011, a homeless man living with AIDS was found huddled dead in a doorway on Castro Street. He’d been dead for a day before anybody noticed. The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office determined that [...]

Affordable Care

Posted on June 18, 2013 by in Columns, Left Field

Left Field by Patricia Nell Warren What’s the Toll? When it comes to affordable care, we need a new deal Just recently, columnist Kergan Edwards-Stout emailed me, saying, “I’m currently working on a piece timed for the 32nd anniversary of the first reported AIDS case. I’m looking for reactions from notables (such as yourself) on [...]

Meningitis—More Research Needed

Posted on May 25, 2013 by in Columns, Left Field

Left Field by Patricia Nell Warren With gay and bi men on high alert, the “threat” leaves us with more questions than answers. On April 12, a West Hollywood gay lawyer named Brett Shaad died of bacterial meningitis. Enough political panic and media misinformation has erupted around this case that I’m returning to the subject, [...]

“Cures”—Rushing to Judgment

Posted on May 3, 2013 by in Columns, Left Field

Left Field by Patricia Nell Warren What’s at stake when media coverage misses the hard facts? Wildly excited stories about “AIDS cures” are popping up all over the news. I was intrigued to see how many headlines appeared to reveal a shared bias. As NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos has said, “Headlines are prominent and designed [...]

Hanged, Beaten, Burned

Posted on April 2, 2013 by in Columns, Left Field

Civil rights abuses against LGBT & HIV-positive individuals threaten to put lives at stake Left Field by Patricia Nell Warren As the AIDS epidemic spread across the U.S., a big barrier to stopping it was the stigma on vulnerable groups—especially LGBT people. After thirty years of civil-rights struggle, the U.S. has improved its attitude, with [...]

Spotlight on Mali

Posted on February 23, 2013 by in Columns, Left Field

Did faith-based AIDS ideology help create the current situation? Left Field by Patricia Nell Warren As I wrote this column, the latest outbreak of civil war in Mali was in its second week. Our State Department ordered family members of embassy employees to leave the country. France said it would up its troop numbers, after [...]

New Time, Old Tech

Posted on January 21, 2013 by in Columns, Left Field

Why haven’t we made an AIDS vaccine priority number one? Left Field by Patricia Nell Warren The world didn’t come to an end on December 21st, as predicted by some. The old Mayan calendar is launching a new round of 5,125 years. Meanwhile we’re clicking into a new twelve-month round on the white man’s calendar, [...]

War and AIDS

Posted on December 26, 2012 by in Columns, Left Field

Sexual violence during wartime is shaping the epidemic—it’s time we address it Left Field by Patricia Nell Warren Most people think of HIV transmission as taking place in peacetime situations, whether among sex workers, or mutually consenting heterosexuals or MSMs, or even porn stars who didn’t wear a condom. Prevention programs are definitely tailored to [...]

Meningitis Headlines

Posted on December 8, 2012 by in Columns, Left Field

Left Field by Patricia Nell Warren Conservative media coverage trots out old fears, even in the face of facts It’s always illuminating to see what the news media do with HIV/AIDS stories. I’ve found it challenging to untangle some conflicting reports about the so-called outbreak of bacterial meningitis happening in New York City. As I [...]