Pissed Off About My Parents' Predicament



I've been spending a lot of time with my parents lately. In July my father was in serious industrial fire. He suffered third-degree burns on his upper body, had to have skin grafts on his arms and was in the ICU at the University of Chicago hospital for a month. The experience has provided me with enhanced insight into the challenges that our seniors are facing today.

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Q&A: Jeffrey Crowley, Exiting Director, Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP)


 

Scheduled to leave ONAP at the end of the year, Jeffrey Crowley says that working for President Obama has been an "amazing experience." Crowley became the White House's so-called AIDS czar in February 2009, leaving his position as a researcher and senior scholar at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute. Here, Crowley speaks about his time in the White House and the state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities.

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Meet Leisha McKinley-Beach, the New Southern Regional Coordinator for the Black AIDS Institute


Little did she know that a report she wrote in high school would expose her to what would be her life's work in HIV/AIDS. Today she coordinates outreach and mobilization efforts across the South.

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Black Website Shows Us the Right and Wrong Ways to Talk HIV

Loop21.com, an African American news and lifestyle site, devoted lots of energy and real estate to HIV/AIDS last week. In the run-up and on World AIDS Day, the site ran a three-part series about the disease’s effect on ball culture(“Underground Gay Dance Culture Keeps ‘Voguing’ Legacy Alive”); covered Obama’s remarks at a ONE Campaign event (“President Obama Talks ‘The Beginning of the End of AIDS’”); and debunked down-low mythology in a statistics-laden piece about HIV risk among young black men who have sex with men (“Young Gay Black Men Are Most at Risk for HIV Transmission”).

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NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2011

This year, we commemorate World AIDS Day during the 30th year since the first reported cases of AIDS, a milestone that has led many to reflect on how far we have come since those dark days when HIV infection was almost always fatal.  Remarkably, three decades of scientific progress in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment have brought us to a time when we can begin to imagine an AIDS-free generation.

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