New Angst Over AIDS

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photoWith the introduction of powerful new drugs, the number of AIDS-related deaths plummeted in the mid-90s. It was a cause for celebration.

Now, with reports of a new AIDS super virus that is resistant to drugs, a familiar fear is running cold through the gay community once more.

Gay activists say that it is time to take the battle against unsafe sex and AIDS to a new level. Stop the unprotected anonymous sex and methamphetamine use. Take responsibility and reign in the AIDS pandemic. "You are still murdering each other," says gay playwright Larry Kramer.

Tune in to hear more about the new debate in the gay community on AIDS intervention.


Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist. His play "The Normal Heart" has had over 600 productions around the world, and his play "The Destiny of Me" won an Obie Award. In November, he gave a speech titled "The Tragedy of Today's Gays" at Cooper Union, New York. It will be published in April.;

Steven Tierney, director of HIV Prevention, San Francisco Department of Public Health;

Walter Armstrong, editor-in-chief of Poz, a monthly magazine about AIDS and HIV;

Walt Odets, clinical psychologist and author of "In the Shadow of the Epidemic: Being HIV-Negative in the Age of AIDS";

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and a senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on February 16, 2005.


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