Archive for June, 2008

Demonstrating success (29/06/08)

Some Sunday silliness courtesy of Lazygal.

Inspi(red) (28/06/08)

Not that one ever wants to take the piss out of St. Bono’s good works, but I did have to giggle at this from The Onion. Hat tip to Ted Gideonse, wonderful person, crap driver….

Should everyone be tested for HIV? Really? (27/06/08)

The Bronx, a borough of New York that is home to 1.3 million people, has decided that it is going to try to test all adults for HIV over the next three years, according to

Fire, brimstone and AIDS activists (25/06/08)

I’m sure many readers are aware that there’s been a bit of a debate lately about spending on AIDS in the developing world. Is AIDS crowding out other infectious diseases, other health issues, other development issues? Or has the AIDS epidemic focused attention on the woeful neglect of health in developing countries, and will it […]

A (truly) useful tool for proposal writing and much else (23/06/08)

Last week I posted the patented Wisdom of Whores Automatic Proposal Generator (TM) to help you all shake millions out of the Global Fund. But today I found a tool thats is genuinely useful from the ever-helpful Kaiser Family Foundation They’ve put together a fanatstic, really simple tool that allows you to generate charts of […]

Ooh look, I speak Dutch (22/06/08)

The correction of the correction is correct (21/06/08)

Earlier this month, the head of HIV programming at WHO told a journalist that HIV was not going to storm through the heterosexual populations of any continent outside Africa. And he was right. But days later, he issued a hasty and non-sensical “correction”. The correction made it politically correct, but epidemiologically incorrect. I got in […]

Ways to be gay part 2: Places to pee (20/06/08)

Still on the subject of the multiple meanings of masculinity: whatever your identity, you’ve got to pee. But if you’re a person with a penis who dresses as a woman, where should that be? There’s a debate about this over at The Lost Boy, continued at by Roger Tatoud at Peripheries whom I thank for […]

So many ways to be gay (19/06/08)

Further to yesterday’s post, I find myself in California at a happy time. Same-sex marriages are a huge step forward in undermining the absurd qualms that our society still has about who has sex with whom. I notice that the qualms are still reflected, though, in reports of the happy day. My New York Times […]

It’s wedding season in California (17/06/08)

Good timing. I arrived in Washington DC as they admitted they’d underestimated the size of the city’s AIDS epidemic by half. I got to San Francisco the day that California allowed gay couples to marry. Hurrah for some sensible policies at last. The San Francisco Chronicle has blanket coverage of the rush to get married, […]

Washington has more HIV than Nigeria (16/06/08)

I’m privileged to be visiting the Nation’s Capital. Washington’s abuzz with pre-election politics, of course. But it’s motoring along in all sorts of other ways, too. Today, the Washington Post reported that the city has somehow just zoned out over half of the AIDS deaths in the city. HIV surveillance has never been particularly good […]

A breath of Fresh Air (13/06/08)

Some readers have asked for a quick link to the interview with Terry Gross on NPR radio’s Fresh Air programme. So there it is. You can also try the podcast here. All broadcast appearances are noted on the TV + Radio page, which is part of The Buzz About the Book section.

UNAIDS knickers in a twist, around a scientist’s neck (11/06/08)

It seems my “I told you so” moment has come and gone. So has my attempt to defend WHO for its softly-softly honesty about where the HIV epidemic is going. The sensible scientist who heads up WHO’s HIV division, and who last week had the audacity to tell the truth about the threat of heterosexual […]

Sex cells (11/06/08)

Sex as a marketing tool? Hardly a new concept. But the producers of the film “Sex in the City” have taken it to new heights. Vanity Fair magazine sent two reporters to view the movie and count the number of promotional products that appeared on-screen, including any blatantly-mentioned brand names. The movie mentioned no fewer […]

Congratulations to the Bishop and his husband (11/06/08)

I was pleased to read of the marriage of Bishop Gene Robinson and his partner of 20 years Mark Andrew. Well, not marriage actually, but civil union, the closest we allow gay men and women to get to the sacrament in most States in the US. Bishop Robinson is Episcopalian (which is pretty High Church […]

The Whole Boy (in three cute parts) (10/06/08)

I’ve been remiss about posting links to electronic versions of all of the references cited in The Wisdom of Whores (or at least abstracts, where academic journals or others continue to restrict copyright to full text). I just have not found time to post several hundred documents and links to the site yet; though I […]

Life after AIDS? Not quite yet (10/06/08)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article in Prospect about HIV prevention among gay men now that near-universal access to treatment is making AIDS virtually invisible in rich countries. This excited a fair bit of comment over at Metafilter, not all of it pretty. But in any case, I was premature in declaring […]

Revelation, beat-up or “I told you so” moment? (09/06/08)

The WHO has declared an end to heterosexual AIDS outside of Africa, according to Jeremy Laurance, writing in The Independent. Laurance quotes Kevin de Cock, a thoughtful and honest scientist who happens also to head up WHO’s HIV division, as saying “It is very unlikely there will be a heterosexual epidemic in other countries [outside […]

How to get a 100 million dollars from the Global Fund (08/06/08)

The Global Fund has announced an extra round of funding for 2008. Intimidated by the 68-pages of instructions? Don’t be. The Wisdom of Whores Automatic Proposal Generator (TM) is here to help. Just press the “Give me money!” button as often as you need to, and copy the phrases into your Global Fund proposal. You […]

Recognising HIV in Uganda’s army (not) (08/06/08)

In a comment on an earlier post, Roger Tatoud drew my attention to a story about high HIV levels in Uganda’s army being a threat to national security. Some would say that means Uganda’s First Lady is a threat to national security; her enthusiastic embrace of abstinence as the main weapon against HIV is thought […]

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