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Itsik Levy, Part 2

Posted on February 16, 2015 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Istik Levy, MD (Part 2) After my enlightening breakfast with Dr. Levy (see my exposé last month), I continue my discovery of this fascinating country of Israel. My ever-efficient tour guide, Carmela Zion, once again leads several of us journalists on our trek through this ancient land, and her accompanying [...]

Sharon Leal

Posted on February 7, 2015 by in Cover Story

Kid You Not Actress Sharon Leal Tells A&U’s Dann Dulin Why She Takes a Proactive Stance in Educating & Bolstering Kids to Have a Deeper Sense of Self-Respect, Especially When It Comes to HIV Prevention, and Why She Helps to Empower Women Living with HIV/AIDS Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Annie Tritt “Some kids are [...]

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, [...]

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; [...]


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 [...]

Just*in Time: December 2014

Posted on December 30, 2014 by in Columns, Just*in Time

Just*in Time by Justin B. Terry-Smith Justin, I don’t know if this is okay to ask you but I want to ask you anyway. We are friends on Facebook but we’ve never talked. I know you add people who you don’t necessarily know but at least know of your work, and that is all good [...]

Health People

Posted on November 20, 2014 by in Features

People Who Heal People With a Nontraditional Approach to Wellness, Health People Uses Proven HIV/AIDS Prevention Principles to Empower a Community by Chip Alfred Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Alina Oswald It all started more than twenty years ago when some courageous women did something to help their neighbors that nobody had ever done before—risking [...]


Posted on October 20, 2014 by in Features

Tricks of the Trade WehoLife Videos Take a Edgy, Frank Approach to HIV Prevention by Stevie St. John These aren’t your mother’s HIV-prevention messages…unless, of course, your mother is a sassy, redheaded drag star. That drag star would be Miss Coco Peru (Girls Will Be Girls, Trick), who is featured in one of the most [...]

We Can Stop HIV

Posted on October 15, 2014 by in Features

Can We Talk About HIV? Si, Se Puede The CDC looks for new strategies to reach Latinos by Larry Buhl Harm reduction professionals understand the importance of getting people to talk about a disease in order to significantly reduce infections. But what if social norms dictate that the target group doesn’t want to talk about [...]

Patrik-Ian Polk

Posted on October 14, 2014 by in Cover Story, Movies & TV, The Arts

Knockout Trailblazing Filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk Takes Jabs at the Barriers to Sexual Health by Sean Black Photos by Duane Cramer Patrik-Ian Polk can take a great deal of the credit for fast-forwarding queer black cinema into present-day; in fact, some even tout him as the “Father of Black Gay Cinema.” After bursting onto the scene [...]