Can There Be a Fourth Great Wave of AIDS Activism?
Raymond Smith writes:
"The major new opportunity that has arisen recently has been encapsulated in the term "treatment as prevention." Powerful new evidence has emerged that ARVs not only can preserve the lives and the health of people with HIV but, by lowering their viral load, can significantly reduce the odds of new transmissions….
Talk of ‘the end of AIDS’ has begun to feel, for the first time, like an attainable reality—but only if HIV/AIDS once again receives enough focus and energy.”
U.N. Robin Hood Tax Protest Marks 2 Years of Occupy Wall Street
Check out POZ’s video coverage of the rally, civil disobedience and protest march through NYC’s Midtown Manhattan calling for a small tax on high frequency financial transactions to generate billions of dollars to fund social programs, including universal access to HIV treatment, care and prevention.
For more information about the event, click here.
Having lived with HIV/AIDS for 25 years or more, they went through the very worst years of the U.S. epidemic, often outliving multiple loved ones and awaiting their own demise. Now that they’re miraculously middle age, they find that in a post-protease culture both their tremendous losses and their hard-won victories have been (often willfully) forgotten.
They’re called “The AIDS Generation”
How to Declare War on the New HIV Epidemic - By ACT UP New York
"1 in 2, could be you": The CDC shows more than half of young gay and bisexual men and transgender women may become HIV-positive by age 50…
Unless we act now.
"ACT UP is issuing a non-violent declaration of war against the new HIV epidemic—AIDS 2.0—and all of the institutions and organizations that do not mobilize to fight this second epidemic hitting our communities."
In the article “To Be Continued" from the June 2013 issue of POZ magazine about the possible ABC miniseries based on the AIDS documentary How to Survive a Plague, we suggested that actor Ryan Gosling is perfect to play activist Peter Staley.
To illustrate our story, we superimposed a photo of Ryan Gosling onto the iconic photo of Peter Staley being arrested at an ACT UP protest.
Our Untold Stories
"I was, among other things ACT UP’s unofficial Chant Queen - and I constantly worry if I’m up to the task of telling this dense and complex story…."
"I worry about presenting a nostalgic, rose-colored version of ACT UP—one that glorifies it as a golden age of community activism, but without capturing the anger, confusion, love, terror, humor, and despair that made it run"
POZ Blog - A Meme of Our Own: Ryan Gosling as Peter Staley http://ow.ly/lde4a
AIDS 2.0 by Avram Finkelstein
A member of Gran Fury on why the numbers of AIDS documentaries and gallery exhibitions are on the rise.
Even in the earliest moments of AIDS, and from deep within its swirling vortex, the outlines of its cultural meaning were detectable. Playing out as it did in the public sphere, it was impossible to overlook. So assumptions about it formed quickly in our shared spaces, and almost as immediately, they began to crystallize into canon.
Wounded AIDS Warriors Suffering, Dying on Their Own by John Voelcker
The death of Spencer Cox prompts a cofounder of the Medius Institute for Gay Men’s Health to speak out.
The death of notable AIDS activist Spencer Cox last month, at age 44, was a wake-up call — a blaring alarm — that highlighted once again the critical need for mental health programs and studies of the powerful trauma experienced by gay men in their 40s through 70s who’ve lived through the loss and destruction of entire communities due to AIDS.
The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox
AIDS did not kill Spencer Cox in the first, bloodiest battles of the 1980’s. It spared him that.
The reprieve allowed Spencer’s brilliance as co-founder of the Treatment Action Group (TAG) to forge new FDA guidelines for drug approval and help make effective HIV medications a reality, saving an untold number of lives.
Such triumph by a man still in his twenties might have signaled even greater achievements ahead. Instead, Spencer found himself adrift in the same personal crisis as many of his contemporaries, who struggled for a meaningful existence after years of combating the most frightening public health crisis of modern times.
Read more of Mark S. King’s blog: http://blogs.poz.com/marksking/2013/01/the_private_war_that.html