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Frank Rodriguez

Posted on July 16, 2013 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer I’m aboard a flight headed home to the land of “lights, camera, action!,” when extreme turbulence erupts. At one point my fudge brownie falls into the lap of the guy next to me. Quite affable and very friendly, we begin to chat once the roughness eases. His name is Frank [...]

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 [...]

Just*in Time: July 2013

Posted on July 13, 2013 by in Columns, Just*in Time

Just*in Time by Justin B. Terry-Smith Justin— We actually know each other on Facebook and throughout the community, but I wanted to write you this letter in confidence. My partner and I moved away to work on our relationship and now we are considering moving back to the area. After many discussions my partner is [...]

Combating the Blues

Posted on July 8, 2013 by in Columns, First Generation

First Generation by Chuck Willman Combating the Blues There’s one essential to living with HIV/AIDS and battling depression—you! I’ve suffered with depression and mental illness since high school, though it went undiagnosed and I decided to “treat”/medicate myself with enough booze to run a gay cruise to the Caribbean Islands and back. I was voted [...]

Defense of America

Posted on July 7, 2013 by in Columns, Frontdesk

Frontdesk by David Waggoner July is the month of our nation’s birthday—almost every American knows that. But do they know that more Americans than ever before can now legally wed? As we go to press, the United States Supreme Court has overturned DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), which has kept millions of same-sex couples from [...]

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 [...]

Digital Divided

Posted on June 16, 2013 by in Columns, Voices from the South

Voice from the South by LaMont “Montee” Evans We need to unite our HIV/AIDS efforts for people on-line and off As we approach HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment in the rural areas of the South and metropolitan cities, access to technology must be considered. According to an article titled, “Digital Divide,” the Internet has placed [...]

Just*in Time: June 2013

Posted on June 12, 2013 by in Columns, Just*in Time

Jus*in Time by Justin B. Terry-Smith Justin— I’m twenty-seven years young. I contracted HIV on February 15, 2010, from a guy who didn’t tell me but then maybe I really didn’t want to know. As a child, I had neither self-confidence nor self-esteem. My parents moved me from school to school thinking that that would [...]

Geoff Ruaine

Posted on June 11, 2013 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Boom! What is that loud sound? “Are we under attack?” I ask my charming friend, Geoff Ruaine. This is my first time to The Lord of the Rings land. We’ve just stepped onto the street, having toured the newly built Auckland Art Gallery, an architectural achievement in Albert Park, when [...]

Pride & Prejudice

Posted on June 6, 2013 by in Columns, Frontdesk

Frontdesk by David Waggoner Judging by the good news lately—UNAIDS announced that 7 million Africans are now on treatment for HIV infection—the world is becoming a kinder and gentler place to live for those living with HIV/AIDS. With a thirty percent drop in new infections on the African continent, the end of AIDS is no [...]