What Does it Take to Achieve a Community-free AIDS Conference?
This November, The Lancet/Cell will host “What Will it Take to Achieve and AIDS-free World?” an AIDS conference hoping to answer the epidemic, which also happens to be charging a $400 registration fee…. Activists claim it is effectively shutting out the local HIV community from attending.
Currently, TAG is now encouraging AIDS activists to reach out to conference organizers to offer a feasible alternative. Click here for names/emails!
Opinion: HIV Prevention and Homeless Youth, Fixing a Catastrophic Failure
"Every month, 1,000 young people in our nation between the ages of 13 and 24 are infected with HIV. A hugely disproportionate number of these new infections are among LGBT youth of color. There is an undeniable correlation between HIV infection rates among youth and poverty. And the failure of HIV prevention efforts to reduce new infections among these youths is undeniably contributed to by a lack of clarity and vision in public policy about how homelessness and poverty force young people into situations where they are at grave risk of infection."
To read more from the executive director of the Ali Forney Center, click here.
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
Eye of the Tiger: How To Survive A Plague
Watching the new and highly-acclaimed documentary How To Survive a Plague was very strange for me. I think that’s because the film’s story — the fierce battle against the AIDS epidemic that was fought in the late 1980s and early 90s by AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) and its offshoot the Treatment Action Group (TAG) — is my story.
A blog by Spencer Cox