HIV/AIDS cultural activism: popular tanzaniian tv show spotlights HIV prevention (014)



an excellent example of HIV/AIDS cultural activism.



JULY 2009 — Like American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent in the US and the UK, Bongo Star Search is all the rage in Tanzania. On Sunday evenings, television sets across this country of 44 million people are tuned to the show, and its finalists are instantly recognized by young people and adults alike. However, unlike the British and US shows, Bongo Star Search aims to be a “change agent” for its audiences, not just for the competitors. It accomplishes this because of a unique partnership between Benchmark Productions, the show’s creators, and HIV experts at Family Health International (FHI) and UNICEF.

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three HIV/AIDS global maps from PAP blog (013)


the art of maps. pap blog is the politics, art & philosophy blog.




hiv prevalence

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havvacc poem: kearns to LA city council: a wisdom of AIDS (long play) (012)


public comments went really well at the LA city council meeting today [tuesday, december 9, 2008]. nine medical cannabis patients & advocates testified there, many for the first time. other patients showed up for support as well. our speakers also got applause from the many members of the carpenters’ union present, who were attending about another issue. . . .

prepared statement:

richard kearns,
AIDS activist & long-term survivor,
medical cannabis patient & advocate.
poet & journalist.

this morning i want to
share with you a
lesson i’ve learned from
living with AIDS for
more than 20 years.
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michael carter, NAM: unsafe sex among HIVers over 50 (011)

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Older HIV-positive gay men as likely to have risky sex as younger gay men with HIV
Michael Carter,
Thursday, November 27, 2008

A significant number of people living with HIV in London are aged over 50, researchers report in the December edition of Sexually Transmitted Infections. The study was conducted amongst patients attends NHS HIV clinics in north-east London. Overall, 10% of patients were aged over 50, and this increased to one-in-seven gay men, the primary focus of the research.

Another finding of the study was that the proportion of gay men aged 50-plus reporting unprotected sex with men who were HIV-negative or whose HIV status they did not know, was similar to that reported by younger gay men.

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kearns reads world AIDS day poem “skipping stones” to la city council . . . (011)

richardkearns.awo.rainbowmoi-1108081246[Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008, los angeles] my name is richard kearns. i am a 57-year old gay man alive with AIDS for more than 20 years. i am a long-term survivor. i am an AIDS activist. i am a medical cannabis patient and advocate. i am a poet and journalist and publish . . .

i want to share with you a new poem in observance of world AIDS day.

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havvacc world AIDS day 2008: excerpts from TWO poems, 1st, by mark king, “once when we were heroes” & 2nd my response (radio play) (010)

[Monday, December 1st, 2008, los angeles]

mark-s-kingBut we get older [writes mark s. king] and friends don’t ask us to hold their hand when they stop breathing, and the fear fades and I bought new leather loafers and the White Party is coming.

The truth is simply this, and no one will convince me otherwise: My most courageous self, the best man that I’ll ever be, lived two decades ago during the first years of a horrific plague.

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havvacc text resource: karen barrow, nytimes: aging with AIDS: article, photos & link to interactive piece (009)

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Patient Voices
Speaking Out for a Group Once Unheard-Of: Aging With AIDS
Published: November 10, 2008

In the early 1990s, a diagnosis of AIDS was both a likely death sentence and a stigma. There were few treatment options, and many Americans were terrified of people infected with H.I.V.

Today, because of antiretroviral therapy and an array of drugs to treat both symptoms and side effects, AIDS has become a chronic condition to be managed, at least in the developed world. No longer is the face of AIDS emaciated and covered with lesions; Americans with the disease are stronger and healthier, their concerns fading from public view.

Myron Gold, 67, is one of them. In 1993, Mr. Gold was walking in Manhattan around Christmastime when he collapsed and was rushed to the emergency room. A social worker later walked in and loudly announced that he had H.I.V.

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