You’ve probably heard by the headline by now “Doctors Cure Child Born With HIV,” the awesome thing is, it’s sort of true! However it’s not so much a cure as it renders the virus inactive, and it only worked because they fought the virus right after birth. So it wouldn’t work as a cure for any adult or kids that have the virus.
Here’s the rundown, a mother in Mississippi had HIV and didn’t know it until she was in labor, which is too late to receive standard treatment to reduce the risk transmitting the infection. Because the mother hadn’t received any treatment, 30 hours after birth the doctor decided to take a more aggressive approach and put the child on a course of three antiretroviral drugs, instead of the usual single antiretroviral drug. The baby was tested for HIV several days later, and the tests came back positive.
I was waiting for the BART today when the above ad caught my eye. As I read the ad I thought, “Oh it’s about AIDS, how fitting since today is National Black HIV/AIDS awareness day.” Then I read a little closer and realized it was put up by Chevron. I was a little taken aback, big bad oil company doing something socially right? I was almost floored. I had to check out their website. Next to a similar ad right at the top reads:
Jack Mackenroth may best be known for his appearance on “Project Runway” or for his vocal HIV activism, but he has also been a competitive swimmer since he was six years old, with an extensive list of accomplishments throughout his swimming career. Last month he was awarded the title of “2012 Athlete of the Year” by the LGBT sports publication, COMPETE Magazine.
“Today, we reflect on the strides we have taken toward overcoming HIV/AIDS, honor those who have made our progress possible, and keep in our thoughts all those who have known the devastating consequences of this illness. The road toward an AIDS-free generation is long — but as we mark this important observance, let us also remember that if we move forward every day with the same passion, persistence, and drive that has brought us this far, we can reach our goal. We can beat this disease. On World AIDS Day, in memory of those no longer with us and in solidarity with all who carry on the fight, let us pledge to make that vision a reality.
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim December 1, 2012, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and comfort to those living with this disease.” – President Obama.
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.
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I saw this last week but just haven’t had time to put pen to (digital) paper. I literally had to read the article twice to just get my brain around the story…
So it seems an aspiring model from Portugal, and by “model” I mean code for gold digging twink, might be my winner for the 2012 Crazy Award. The 21 year-old Renato Seabra stomped his sugar daddy to death during a violent argument, castrated him, and then wore his testicles on his wrists afterwards!
AIDS Activist Jack Mackenroth Launches Volttage.com, Social Networking and Dating Site for HIV+ Men
(LOS ANGELES - OCT. 2, 2012) - “Positively Sexy Guys.” That’s the tag line that’s meant to attract a host of members to the Web’s newest HIV-positive social networking site, Volttage.com. But sexy, HIV+ men aren’t the only things that separate this site from others – its creation is meant to combat stigma and to create a database of information, support and resources for gay men who are a part of the international HIV-positive community.
As a first-of-its kind social networking website, Volttage.com will offer gay men living with HIV a place to develop and foster friendships and relationships with other members, while also learning about HIV/AIDS, medical advances and other relevant, up-to-date health and lifestyle information. Similarly to other sites like it, Volttage.com certainly offers the possibility for romantic encounters.