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March 1998

Reed Between the Lines
by David Kirby
Election night, 1997. A cold November wind blows off the East River and through the struggling blocks of East Harlem. But inside Emily's rib place on upper Fifth Avenue, a celebration is heating up to inferno levels. Phil Reed, local hero, has just been declared the winner in the election to represent the 8th District on the New York City Council.

Hard to Swallow
by Mubarak Dahir
It was the "end of AIDS" summer of 1996, a season of falling viral loads and rising infections, three-drug "cocktails" and "morning-after" pills, hope and despair.

The Beauty of Men
by Douglas Blair Turnbaugh
American social-realist painter Patrick Angus had a short, unhappy life. But, as if in a fairy tale, he died -- from AIDS in 1992, at 38 -- in a glow of contentment, a kind of apotheosis.

Soap Dish
by David Cohen
"If you want my body, baby/All the rest comes with it too," sings Keith Christopher on his new CD-in-progress, The Naked Truth.

Golden Girl
by Trish Riley
AIDS is killing our community, and no one wants to talk about it," Debbie Golden says.

Lord of the Guys
by Patrick Califia
Big, bad and sweeter than sin, Joe Gallagher is sort of a Superman story: By day, Gallagher is a publishing-systems consultant; by night, clad in glistening black, he's International Mr. Leather.

Shakin' Baker
by Marvin J. Bevans
Fred Baker's long and varied résumé can be construed as Renaissance man -- or salesman, like Willy Loman, the central character for whom dreams never come true in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

Don't Reign on Her Parade
by Dominic Hamilton-Little
They call her the grittiest Miss America yet. And according to the AIDS Action Council, she has "shattered every ugly stereotype about Miss America."

Let's Make a Deal
by Stephen Beachy
If at first you don't succeed, trial, trial again.

The Rules
by Dominic Hamilton-Little
Time-tested seropositive secrets for capturing the heart of Mr. Right.

God Is Dead
by Mike Barr
The dream of HIV eradication ends

Brain Storm
by Mahlon Johnson, MD, PhD
How can we convince the blood-brain barrier to let meds in and keep HIV out?

Drug-Free Zone
by Shawn Decker
To med or not to med? That is the question.

Phoenix Envy
by Peter Kurth
Resurrection ain't what it used to be.

Thrush Gets Smart
by George M. Carter
The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) has issued an alert about the overuse of fluconazole (Diflucan), a potent first-line therapy for many fungal infections.

S.O.S.
by Sean Strub
There are too few PWAs on the boards of ASOs

The Award Goes To...
by Scott Hess
One more reason to love Susan Sarandon

Absorbing Drama
by Bernard Bihari, MD
Drug-level tests may be key in preventing treatment failure.

Losing Lesions
by Lark Lands
A relatively new chemotherapy called vinorelbine (Navelbine) may provide hope for those whose Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) treatments have failed.

The Tea Drinkers
by Patrick Donnelly
We know who we are. I see the thin but still handsome guy across from me at the community table in the veggie bistro, watch him pull a plastic bottle out of his knapsack, pour a dark liquid into a cup; watch him sip once,wince, then chug the rest quickly.

New Old Story
by Jesse Heiwa Loving
Sex doesn't stop at 60, and neither does HIV.

Say Chi
by Michael Onstott
A martial art and its kinder, gentler cousin protect PWAs.

AIDSpeak
by George M. Carter
This is your body on drugs.

Protease Inhibited
by Scott Hess
Kids, stress, "I forgot": Many just can't take it anymore

Hot And Bothered
by Kevin O'Leary
"I didn't get into this to make a statement," says Tony Valenzuela, star of Positively Yours, the first gay adult film to have HIV as a major plot point.

Adhere Say
by Interview by Manjula Martin
Phill Wilson is just saying no to drugs, but not the ones Nancy Reagan had in mind.

And For My Next Trick
Don't just spread the word about safe sex: Spread it on.

Not For Sale
"It seems AIDS is no longer in fashion," said photographer Oliviero Toscani.


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