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Endangered species: Going, going, gone-Fire ball falls from sky, scorches field-Female Iranian communists organize topless protest against hijabs in Swedish capital-Peter Gabriel wants to talk with animals online-Israel to launch ‘Palestinians-only’ bus service-US doctors cure child born with HIV-Obama talking Medicare, Social Security cutsEndangered species: Going, going, gone-Fire ball falls from sky, scorches field-Female... more
Scientists believe they have made a major breakthrough in curing the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
http://www.examiner.com/article/doctors-make-huge-break-cure-for-hiv-mississippi-toddler-becomes-first-cured#sthash.MTUshqrbScientists believe they have made a major breakthrough in curing the Human... more
“Last Address” is a quietly elegiac documentary short film by filmmaker Ira Sachs that uses exterior images of the houses, apartment buildings and lofts where a group of New York City artists who died of AIDS were living at the time of their deaths to mark the disappearance of a generation.
Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, Norman René, Peter Hujar, Ethyl Eichelberger, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Cookie Mueller, Klaus Nomi…the list of New York artists who died of AIDS over the last 30 years is countless, and the loss immeasurable. “Last Address” is a remembrance of that loss, as well as an evocation of the continued presence of these artists’ works in our lives and culture.
This piece includes color photographs and the short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/last-address-a-remembrance-of-loss/“Last Address” is a quietly elegiac documentary short film by filmmaker... more
Saturday, December 1st, is World AIDS Day 2012, an annual opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against the devastating AIDS pandemic. It is a day for commemorating the 30 million people who have been lost to AIDS-related causes, to honor the 34 million people presently living with HIV and to recommit ourselves to creating a future without AIDS. From 2011 to 2015, World AIDS Day has the theme, “Getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.”
This piece includes a number of photographs, the documentary “30 Years From Here,” the 1993 docudrama “And The Band Played On” and a music video.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/world-aids-day-a-compassionate-commemoration-of-loss-and-recommitment/Saturday, December 1st, is World AIDS Day 2012, an annual opportunity for people... more
Late in How to Survive a Plague, a fair-minded, careful history of the AIDS-activist movement ACT UP, comes an affecting montage that bears witness to the triumph and the tragedy of the New York-based group’s radical crusade — a push to get affordable treatment for a disease that, at its peak in the late 1980s, was killing millions worldwide.Late in How to Survive a Plague, a fair-minded, careful history of the AIDS-activist... more
"Ain't I a Woman?" This question is attributed to Sojourner Truth's speech at a women's convention in 1851. And it's a question that's still relevant to African American women in 2012, as demonstrated by first lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention this week where she touched upon health care and women's choices.
African American women are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women.
Nationally, black women account for 66 percent of new cases of HIV among women.
HIV/AIDS-related illness is now the leading cause of death among black women ages 25-34.
Black and Hispanic women's rates of unwanted pregnancy and abortion are significantly higher than those of white women, according to the New York-based Guttmacher Institute.
Black women are three times more likely to experience an unintended pregnancy than white women. These higher rates in unexpected pregnancy reflect a disparity in access to quality affordable contraceptive services along with other quality women's health care services.
Census report projections suggest women of color are rapidly on their way to becoming the majority of women in the United States by 2041.
While my focus is on African American women, the experiences of Native American, Latina and Asian women also have different nuances than those of white U.S. women and they need to be heard as well.
Full story at http://womensenews.org/story/sisterspace/120906/black-women-need-be-heard-health-issues"Ain't I a Woman?" This question is attributed to Sojourner... more
'Philadelphia” stands as a landmark film in the portrayal of gays, AIDS and homophobia; the film battled long-established social barriers and helped put a heroically human face to the long-suffering gay community. Tom Hanks won a deserved Academy Award for his portrayal of a previously energetic lawyer who wastes away into a gaunt, diseased AIDS victim. Bruce Springsteen also received an Academy Award for “Streets of Philadelphia” his first-ever song written for a movie.
This piece includes photographs and Bruce Springsteen's music video, “Streets of Philadelphia.”
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/philadelphia-lest-we-forget/'Philadelphia” stands as a landmark film in the portrayal of gays, AIDS and... more
The 19th International AIDS Conference opens here next week on a hopeful note, proclaiming that the end of the pandemic may be in sight.
Some women's groups, however, are warning that current approaches for reaching that goal won't work because they short-change women.
"AIDS-Free Generation?" bus stop ads are asking. "Not Without Women."
The ads, sponsored by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), which organized the informal coalition of women's groups, reflect the new demographics of the scourge. Women are now more than 51 percent of all people living with HIV. AIDS is also the leading killer of women of reproductive age in low- and middle-income countries.
The 15 women's organizations in the coalition, representing more than 20,000 women worldwide, argue that current policies, programs and investments targeting HIV/AIDS often do not engage that new reality, said CHANGE President Serra Sippel.
"The AIDS pandemic now has a woman's shape," she said. "The demographics have changed, so our responses have to change with it, or we won't make any progress."Past AIDS conferences have agreed that any successful battle against HIV/AIDS must include measures to combat gender-based violence, child marriage, stigma and discrimination. They have recommended that HIV education and prevention be integrated into programs and sites where women already receive family planning, other reproductive health care and social services such as food aid.
Nevertheless, five years after women became the majority of new infections, most HIV programs still are "siloed," or funded and operated separately from other health care, and woman-specific programs are barely funded at all. In its 2010 global report, UNAIDS found that only 46 percent of countries allocated any AIDS-related resources specifically for women's programs.
Read more at http://womensenews.org/story/hivaids/120719/women-aids-conference-we-are-the-pandemicThe 19th International AIDS Conference opens here next week on a hopeful note,... more
HERE, I finally managed to blog it, but it is very personal to me. I went to medical school from 1982-86. In early 1985, as a third year medical student, I was first to admit a man with AIDS into a hospital in Peoria. He was a patient of my clinic directors partner..who had refused to see him. The directed asked me to, so I did....... He died.. They all did... ALL through my residency... It was horrific and no one was getting us meds! HERE is the story of how we got them.....
Exerpted from the Democracy Now blog that embeds the full video of Amy Goodman's introduction and interviews.
http://tinyurl.com/cuvfjkbHERE, I finally managed to blog it, but it is very personal to me. I went to medical... more
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of ACT UP — the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power — an international direct action advocacy group formed by a coalition of activists outraged over the government’s mismanagement of the AIDS crisis. We speak with ACT UP founding member Peter Staley, one of the longest AIDS survivors in the country; and David France, director of the new documentary "How to Survive a Plague," which tells a remarkable history of AIDS activism and how it changed the country. "I’m alive because of that activism," Staley says of the triple drug therapy he was able to take. "This was a major victory this movie tells about getting these therapies. But that was only the beginning of the battle. Now we have these treatments that can keep people alive, and there are still two to three million dying every year. There are more dying now than when we actually got the therapies to save people. So it’s a huge failure of leadership internationally. And it shows a failure of our own healthcare system." [includes rush transcript]http://tinyurl.com/77jnmswThis weekend marks the 25th anniversary of ACT UP — the AIDS Coalition to... more
Ryan is President & Founder of Forgotten Voices and an emerging voice in international development. He is a husband & father. He enjoys people and the Red Sox.
His KONY take: http://www.forgottenvoices.org/blog/2012/03/10/kony-truth-all-of-us/Ryan is President & Founder of Forgotten Voices and an emerging voice in... more
2012 video interview with Starsky and Hutch star Paul Michael Glaser, now author of children's book Chrystallia and The Source of Light, conducted by Mr. Media. http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=41452012 video interview with Starsky and Hutch star Paul Michael Glaser, now author of... more
Ryan Keith, President of Forgotten Voices, shares why he hasn't written about a girl who taught him how to love. Through pain, regret, and hope, Ryan shares unfinished thoughts on Forgotten Voices.
http://www.forgottenvoices.org/blog/2012/02/20/iwanttotellyouabouthe/Ryan Keith, President of Forgotten Voices, shares why he hasn't written about a... more
By David Ferguson
Friday, December 30, 2011
Raw Story’s managing director Mike Rogers was a guest on Thursday’s The Ed Show, discussing Ron Paul and the real ramifications of the candidate’s views on “states’ rights,” civil rights, and the rights of LGBT people under a potential Paul administration.
Related: Paul once criticized equal pay, AIDS patients, sexual harassment victims
The Paul campaign prominently featured the endorsement of Rev. Phillip G. Kayser, a Christian pastor who believes that gays should be executed in accordance with “Biblical law.” Kayser is a Paul supporter, saying that he believes that Rep. Paul’s policies are consistent with a Biblical world view. As Kayser’s more controversial statements have come to light, the Paul 2012 website scrubbed any mention of the pastor.
Rogers pointed out that Congressman Paul has left a trail of contradictory statements on the rights of gays and minorities and indicates that this may be part of a pattern of disinformation and obfuscation. He added that Paul may even be using the guise of so-called “libertarianism” as a springboard toward the goal of rolling back all civil rights legislation, effectively stripping away the hard-won rights of any U.S. citizens who are not part of the white, heterosexual mainstream.
Rep. Paul has said before that he would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a view that is shared by his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-TN), who claimed that the Civil Rights Act was an intrusion on the rights of businesses owners, who he feels should be able to determine for themselves who they will and will not serve.
These views led the Southern Poverty Law Center to dub Rand Paul an “extremist,” over a view his father has actively promoted.
Watch the video, embedded via YouTube...
"I watched this last night on the Ed Show, what do you folks make of it???"By David Ferguson Friday, December 30, 2011 Raw Story’s managing director... more
By David Edwards
Friday, December 23, 2011
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made it clear at an event in Columbia, South Carolina Friday that they were for the Confederate flag but against allowing HIV-positive people to enlist in the military.
At a town hall lunch event, a young black man stood up to ask the candidate what he would do to include minorities as president.
“I’m not for outreach,” Gingrich explained. “I’m for inclusion. And I’ll explain the difference. Outreach is when five white guys hold a meeting and then call you. Inclusion is when you are in the meeting. … I will tell you, unlike some candidates, if the NAACP invites me to come to their annual convention, I’m going to come there, and I’m going to invite them to join us in getting America back on the right track.”
Read More: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/23/gingrich-supporters-cheer-confederate-flag-in-south-carolina/
"I found this speech (campaign) to be a bit Curious, it is almost as though the folks that were allowed to ask questions were Planted, that could just be how I saw it, so I bring it to you Folks to see what you think..."By David Edwards Friday, December 23, 2011 Supporters of Republican presidential... more
Isentress (raltegravir) was approved today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use with other antiretroviral drugs for the treatment of HIV-1 infection for children and adolescents ages 2-18.Isentress (raltegravir) was approved today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration... more