Oscar win strikes a chord in the fight against HIV-AIDS

Dallas Buyers Club won big because it told an important story. It might not have been as accurate as some would have liked, but it fit the bill. The friends I have lost would have been moved by the story. The US wasn’t moving as fast as necessary to address an epidemic that would reach … Continue reading Oscar win strikes a chord in the fight against HIV-AIDS

HIV and consensual sex an often complicated mix

It is morally and ethically wrong to have sexual intercourse with someone if you are aware you are HIV positive, especially if the person with whom you engage in sexual activity does not know your HIV status. More importantly, in Florida, it is illegal to withhold the option of informed consent. A person can’t consent … Continue reading HIV and consensual sex an often complicated mix

Remembering HIV’s role in shaping America’s psyche

HIV changed everything. HIV pulled people out of the closet and forced political adversaries to publicly discuss social issues they long avoided. HIV fast-tracked the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) drug approval process, changed the way we think about prevention and treatment of numerous diseases, and broke the bank on what pharmaceutical companies could charge … Continue reading Remembering HIV’s role in shaping America’s psyche

Attempting to get past notions about Rep. Bill Young

Florida Gov. Rick Scott couldn’t attend the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches last week because he went to a memorial service for U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Rep. Young died last week after representing Floridians in Tallahassee and Washington for more than 50 years. I’ve spent the past week trying to humanize Rep. Young … Continue reading Attempting to get past notions about Rep. Bill Young