Monday, June 10, 2013
Alysia Abbott discusses growing up in San Francisco in the 1970s and 80s with an openly gay father. Her memoir, Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, reconstructs their life together in a city bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom were raising children. She also writes about how AIDS ravaged their community.
Monday, March 04, 2013
A baby has been effectively cured of an infection of the AIDS virus, a disease that has shone itself to be frighteningly resilient in the face of human ingenuity. The virus has apparently been thwarted by a little baby and its doctors in Mississippi.
Monday, March 04, 2013
A story broke over the weekend about a child born with HIV and then "cured." Kevin Frost, CEO of AmFar, the Foundation for AIDS research, explains the case and what the breakthrough "cure" could mean for the future of HIV/AIDS.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Remember the days of health warnings by the surgeon general? They became a part of the way we thought about and understood health risks. Americans turned to the surgeon general, someone highly regarded as the nation's doctor. It's a position that today doesn't carry much influence, but in the 80s, Dr. C. Everett Koop rose to prominence in that role and became a household name.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The annual series on the best documentary Oscar nominees continues with David France, director of "How To Survive A Plague".
Monday, September 17, 2012
David France, director of the documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” and Peter Staley, who is featured in the film, tell the story of a group of young AIDS activists who taught themselves science and policy to try to save their own lives, and ended up saving 6 million others. “How to Survive a Plague” opens September 21 at IFC Center.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Reverend Tony Lee, the pastor of a predominantly African-American church, is doing something unique to combat the AIDS. Four times a year, on the pulpit, he has himself tested for HIV in front of his entire congregation.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
When he was a young man in the 1960s, Vito Russo wasn’t that different from a lot of young gay men in America, but there was one difference: While many gay Americans still lived in the closet, Vito was out, proud, and loud. The new documentary "Vito" takes a closer look at his life.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
The AIDS Memorial Quilt is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer and serves as a history of America’s battle with AIDS, and parts of it will hang in hundreds of community centers across the country. A large portion of the quilt is currently on display in the National Mall as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
This week, a 17-member advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend the approval of the first-ever completely in-home HIV test. But Art Caplan, professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, sees some major ethical dilemmas facing this major medical development.
Friday, May 11, 2012
We have known about Truvada for a while. Now, an influential advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration has endorsed the drug shown to prevent HIV infection in healthy people. It recommended approval of the pill for people at risk of contracting the virus. A final decision is expected next month, but if FDA does approve, it won't be without a degree of controversy. We're joined by Dr. Kenneth Mayer, medical research director at Fenway Health in Boston and a professor at Harvard Medical School.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Sarah Schulman, distinguished professor of Humanities at CUNY, Staten Island and author of The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, looks back on the AIDS crisis and its effect on her life and the arts and politics of her Lower East Side neighborhood.
Monday, December 05, 2011
30 years ago, the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States. Since then, more than 25 million people worldwide have died from the disease, and more than 34 million people are currently infected with HIV. Being diagnosed with HIV used to be the equivalent of a death sentence. But over the past few years, anti-viral drugs have become less expensive and more effective in fighting the disease, allowing life to go on for millions.