AIDS

Two weeks ago, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its Mortality and Morbidity Weekly report, many outlets were quick to jump on one specific statistic: that unprotected anal sex among men is up nearly 20 percent from 2005 to 2011.

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The Real Cure for AIDS

The new case for universal HIV screening

In March 3, at a conference in Atlanta, a 59-year-old needlepoint expert, former missionary, and specialist in pediatric infectious disease named Hannah Gay announced that she’d found a cure for HIV. In the fall of 2010, she’d started treatment on an infected baby girl in Mississippi, putting the newborn on what was envisioned as a lifelong course of antiretroviral drugs. But when the child dropped off those medications some months later (her mother stopped bringing her to the clinic), the virus never reemerged.

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Andrew Sullivan takes a look at the impact of HIV/AIDS on the gay community.

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The Lethality of Loneliness

We now know how it can ravage our body and brain

For the first time in history, we understand how isolation can ravage the body and brain. Now, what should we do about it?

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The Unlikely Celebrity of C. Everett Koop

As surgeon general, he infuriated the right and became famous

As Reagan's surgeon general, he took bold positions on AIDS and abortion and infuriated the right wing. 

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In their latest attempt to turn the tide against the public plan, some Republicans have begun trying to appeal to gay Americans to join their anti-government crusade. As The Hill notes today, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has co-authored an op-ed blasting “government-run health care” for The Advocate, the leading LGBT magazine. Together with his co-author, GOProud’s Christopher Barron, Coburn rails against the Ryan White CARE Act for forcing AIDS patients onto waiting lists to receive life-saving drugs from a government program.

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As far as the atmospherics of Bill Clinton's trip to North Korea go, I think it's worth noting that this may be the best day the man has had since Hillary won the New Hampshire primary some 20 months ago. Before the 2008 campaign, thanks to his foundation work on AIDS and malaria and the like, Bill Clinton had a sterling reputation as a global statesman and do-gooder who floated above the fray of common politics.

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About 12% or 5.4 million people of South Africa's total population is infected with HIV.  It is a human disaster, nothing less.  The president of the country, Thabo Mbeki, is largely responsible for the rapid transition from HIV to AIDS to its victims and also for the sparsity of serious medical treatment.  This is because he is a crackpot on the subject and seems not to believe that HIV causes AIDS at all.  His minister of health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, is also a primitive about medical science.  So while AIDS activists in the country try to circumvent the obstacles real prevention and rea

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Growth Spurt

Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, doesn't come up in the news very often. And why would it? There's no war or ethnic strife. The city is poor, but not outlandishly so--in fact, thanks to a stable government and a lucrative mining industry, Botswana is one of Africa's rare economic success stories.

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Sweet And Low

I. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperFlamingo, 546 pp., $26) Barbara Kingsolver is the most successful practitioner of a style in contemporary fiction that might be called Nice Writing. Nice Writing is a violent affability, a deadly sweetness, a fatal gentle touch. But before I start in on Kingsolver's work, I feel I must explain why I feel that I must start in on it. I do so for a younger version of myself, for the image that I carry inside me of a boy who was the son of a sadistic, alcoholic father, and of a mother who was hurt but also hurtful, and abusive.

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