ВИЧ положили на музыку (ссылка на демо-клип)

Молодая американка Александра Пейджек (Alexandra Pajak) переложила геном ВИЧ на музыку. Альбом Sounds of HIV ("Звуки ВИЧ”) вышел на лейбле Azica Records и поступил в продажу на прошлой неделе.

Как известно, ДНК представляет собой очень длинную последовательность всего четырех нуклеотидов, которые обозначаются с помощью букв латинского алфавита. В музыке те же буквы используются для записи нот. Таким образом, например, аденин (A) соотносится с нотой «ля». Поскольку буква T в музыке не используется, тимин композитор обозначила нотой «ре» — из соображений музыкальной гармонии. Александра Пейджек также расположила по химическим свойствам 20 аминокислот, производимых ВИЧ внутри человеческой клетки, и соотнесла их с нотами.

Композитор говорит, что с особой тщательностью проверяла соответствие своей музыки геному вируса: «Я знаю, сколько несчастья приносит эта болезнь, какую роль она сыграла в судьбах многих людей. Поэтому мне хотелось убедиться, что каждая нота находится на своем месте». Она выбрала для своего произведения тональность ля минор, чтобы подчеркнуть чувство печали, связанное с эпидемией.



Александра Пейджек учится в аспирантуре Универститета Джорджии по специальности «социальная работа». Музыкой профессионально занимается с детства, записала несолько дисков. Часть средств, вырученных от продажи альбома Sounds of HIV, композитор планирует направить на разработку вакцины против СПИДа.



www.Parniplus.ru, по материалам Scientific American


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Скажи НЕТ криминализации передачи ВИЧ от человека к человеку

Две трети американских геев считают, что незащищенный анальный секс без раскрытия статуса должен быть незаконным для ВИЧ позитивных мужчин, сообщается в октябрьском номере журнала AIDS Care.

«Убежденность в том, что это должно быть незаконно было связно с ВИЧ негативным или с неизвестным статусом, с менее высоким уровнем образования, с не гомосексуальной ориентацией, с проживанием в штате, который воспринимался враждебно настроенным по отношению к ЛГБТ людям, с меньшим количеством партнеров, с которыми практиковался незащищенный анальный секс,… и с ощущением большей ответственности», пишут авторы.

С 2008 года, по крайней мере, 30 человек в США были осуждены за постановку других людей под угрозу инфицирования ВИЧ. Наказания варьируют от небольших штрафов до длительных сроков заключения. Влияние таких законов на профилактические усилия горячо обсуждаются.
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AIDS Walk

A Story...

In 2008, I wrote the following post. A lot of people reacted to it and I still get emails, so I thought I would bring it out and share it with you (with only a slight edit!). ~ Ben

When I Was Barely Twenty-One...

When I was barely twenty-one, I dated this beautiful high-school boy. Oh, my! So pretty you wanted to cry. Lovely eyes, and golden-brown hair and a heart to match. Don’t worry, he was legal, although barely. I fell head-over-heels in-limerance. (I think I knew even then that I wasn’t in-love, but it could have turned into that with ease.

His name was David Mitgreeknameopolis. We met in the Walden Bookstore I was working in. I was at the register and it looked to me like some kid was looking at a Playboy or something, which we weren’t supposed to let kids do. And he looked like a kid, believe me!

I sorta snuck up behind him to my surprise, it was Playgirl he was looking at. Before I could say a word, I got one look at him and well, he took my breath away... So instead of kicking him out of the store, I whispered, “If you give me the money, I will buy that for you...”

He looked up at me (yes, up!) with those big doe eyes and with a trembling voice said, “Oh, would you? Could you?”

I did. The lady at the register, while a good friend, frowned at me. “You shouldn’t really do that, Ben...”

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A whole lot of men aren’t so lucky. A whole lot aren’t with us any more. All because of AIDS.

I can’t do much about it. But I can walk. I don’t do this out of guilt. I do it so other young gay men can come out and be stupid when they're young (weren’t we all?) and make mistakes and not have to pay with their lives. I do it for all gay men who have died or who are dying. I am doing it so that I can do some small thing to help bring an end to this madness.

Is there an AIDS Walk in your city this year? If so, walk! It’s only like three miles. And you will be with hundreds of others unified together against AIDS/HIV.

No walk? Can’t do the walk?

Then will you sponsor me? Will you sponsor me even if you are walking? If so, you can go to my page and sponsor me at this site: http://www.firstgiving.com/kc_risenphoenix

Thank you for reading,
Namasté,
Ben
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This place still alive?

What's your favorite online community for us pozzers?

Any suggestions on how to deal with the GI side effects? I'm using Reyataz and Efavirenz. They're working, and my side effects are not bad, but I wonder if they could be lessened still.
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This Weeks Guest on Positive Life - Glass and Video Sculptor, Tim Tate

This week’s guest, Tim Tate. Glass and Video Sculptor, Tim Tate found out he was HIV-positive in the early 1980's. Tim creates Video Reliquaries which are composed of hand cast and blown glass, electronic components, and original video.

One of his pieces sold at an auction for $82,000. He also has a permanent collection in many museums like The Smithsonian, American Art Museum & The Mint Museum.

Join Tim and myself as we take you phone calls, tweets, and live chat Sunday, August 16th at 8pm EST.

Watch the Promo for the show

We are always seeking guests, email positivelife@whospositive.org
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Positive Life, the newest addition to the Who’s Positive website is not only a live video weekly broadcasting feature on our website it’s an additional resource to continue to humanize HIV through first hand accounts of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Visit Positive Life and its features at http://www.whospositive.org/positivelife

Each Sunday night at 8:00pm EST, Founding Director of Who’s Positive, Tom Donohue sits down to interview someone infected or affected by HIV, live from Charlottesville, VA. His guests who could be from anywhere in the world could range from a family member sharing personal stories and struggles of how they are dealing with Tom’s infection to authors, celebrities, doctors – anyone that can either humanize HIV or educate on the topic.

This is a live show. You can call in, chat, or twitter (@whospositive) throughout the show. Positive Life is just the newest addition to the vast amount of resources on Who’s Positive.

To express interest in being a guest all you need is a webcam and computer! Just email positivelife@whospositive.org.

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Who's Positive - a group who is infected, affected, sharing real stories about real people - a five year commitment to humanizing HIV through first hand accounts of young adults living with HIV. Visit Who's Positive at http://www.whospositive.org

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Relationships following diagnosis

Hello! My name is Patricia Metzger and I am a graduate student studying clinical psychology. Like you, I have confronted severe and life threatening illnesses – both with my own cancer diagnosis and with the illnesses of loved ones. I have supported several friends and family members as they struggle with diabetes, cancer, HIV, MS, and other serious illnesses. These experiences have forever touched my life and have inspired me to attempt to better understand the experiences of those facing cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

I am currently conducting a study examining interpersonal relationships and communication amongst those facing cancer or another life threatening disease. I hope to gain a greater understanding of cancer's impact on relationships, the role of communication following a diagnosis, and it's role in psychological health and relationship development.

I am currently seeking participants in a study of relationships after one partner has received a diagnosis of cancer. Any person who is part of a serious, long term relationship (e.g., married, partnered, etc.) and has either received such a diagnosis, or has a spouse/partner with a diagnosis, is invited to participate. Both halves of the couple are asked to complete the survey; if both persons complete it, they will receive $25 compensaion. Alternatively, these funds can be donated to a charitable organization of your choice, such as the American Cancer Society, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Susan G. Komen Foundation, or any other organization of your choosing.

You and your spouse are invited to participate in a brief study lasting no more than 20 minutes - most persons complete the survey in just 10-15 minutes. It will ask you about your experiences following diagnosis with cancer. Only persons who are part of a long-term relationship should complete the survey; we also ask you to refer your spouse/partner to also complete the questionnaire. All responses are confidential and anonymous; no identifying information will be collected. Responses will be used only in aggregate form, so that no one can identify your responses.

The web address for the study is:

https://survey.uwyo.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l20K964K

In exchange for completion, $25 compensation will be offered to couples where both persons complete the study. These funds are only available if BOTH partners complete the survey. If one person completes the survey, you will receive $5 compensation, again mailed to you or a charity of your choosing. You are asked, following your completion, to ask your spouse/partner to also complete the study. You should simply refer them to the same web address noted above. Available funds can be mailed to you, or donated to a charity of your choice. If you choose to have funds mailed to you, contact information will be stored separately from your survey responses.

To refer your spouse/partner and receive compensation, you should direct your spouse/partner to this same survey link (https://survey.uwyo.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l20K964K). Completion by both you and your spouse/partner will better help us understand relational issues resulting from diagnosis and will help us to develop interventions, treatments, and therapies that will facilitate coping with this difficult life event.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at the following email address: metzger@uwyo.edu.

Thank you very much for your assistance on this project! Completion will help us better address the needs of those facing cancer and other serious illnesses so as to minimize the stressors at this time. If interested, please contact me via email (metzger@uwyo.edu) for the results of the study.

Again, you can access this brief study at:

https://survey.uwyo.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l20K964K


Sincerely,

Patricia L. Metzger, M.S.
University of Wyoming
Department of Psychology
metzger@uwyo.edu


NOTE: You may need to copy/paste the web address into your browser (https://survey.uwyo.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l20K964K) - it is critical that it be copied as "https://" rather than conversion to a non-secure link.
If this entry does not work, you may also visit: https://survey.uwyo.edu and enter l20K964K as the survey number. Thank you for your time and assistance!
Non-Judgment Day is coming

AIDS Walk 2009

Well, it is that time of year again. Very soon AIDS Walk will be on us. I’ve already put in for a vacation day so I can do my yearly walk. This will be my third year.

Thank you all who have been supporting me in past years. You’ve helped me raise $2,190! Is that amazing, or what? How incredible.

I was a teenager in the late 70’s. Experts and researchers believe that HIV entered the United States and North America in general about 1976. But the virus takes time to start doing damage. I “came out” about 1981 or so, and was sexually active during a very bad time -- only no one knew it. Gay and bisexual men were spreading the virus, and didn’t know.

I was raised Southern Baptist and was carrying around a lot of self hatred, and at that time in my life I believed I was most probably going to hell for being gay (rest assured I don’t think that anymore). Ironically, that self-hatred probable may have saved my life. I met a woman who thought she could make me straight and I packed lock, stock and barrel and moved from Chicago to Kansas City and was faithful to her during the six years of our relationship. Also during that time, there began the rumors of a new “gay” disease.

At first they were calling it GRID, or gay-related immunodeficiency disease. They didn’t know what it was and figured it was caused by a combination of promiscuity, many doses of STDs breaking down immunity, and poppers (of all things – thank goodness I never liked them anyway!). As those years went by, this acronym was changed to AIDS and the HIV virus was discovered. I remember when my lady discovered she was pregnant, there was an early HIV test and she had it done to make sure our baby was healthy. After all, a gay man was the father.

Thank God and the fact that while I was a gay man in years were promiscuity was secretly deadly, and that I was a little wild, I wasn’t promiscuous “enough.” Apparently. I guess being taken out of the sex game during those dangerous years saved my life.

Fear of AIDS (and how little was known about the disease) was one more thing that made it hard to come out the second and final time. But once I realized that it was religion that said I was “bad” and not God, I was finally able to accept myself and come out as to who I really am.

And by coming out, I had to face something else. AIDS related death. I lost many close friends. Watching big bears turn into concentration camp-like victims was horrifying. Watching gorgeous young hot men turn into skeletons before my eyes was agonizing. Watching friends no matter their age, size or looks, fade away was incredibly tough. Many went FAST in those days.

Now we have drugs that make AIDS at least a somewhat more manageable disease. Unfortunately, some people misunderstand what that means and have thrown condoms to the wind, and HIV is on the rise again. I can’t tell you how many young gay men I know who haven’t even been tested because they believe the rhetoric that AIDS/HIV is now as “manageable” as diabetes.

Then why am I still then loosing friends?

Through miracle upon miracle, I am HIV negative. Considering some of my brushes, and not-so-only-brushes, it really IS a miracle.

So, I am doing what little I can do to help. I walk.

If you can, please do the same. Every dollar helps.

What’s great is that you don’t sponsor by the mile, you just pick an amount. You don’t have to worry that your walker will walk twenty miles or something.

And if you can’t, will you sponsor me? It is so darned easy and I know it is safe. The website is famous for how safe it is.

Just go here and help me out? http://www.firstgiving.com/cslkc

I, and so many others, will appreciate it beyond words.

We WILL end this disease!!!!

Namasté,
Ben
Non-Judgment Day is coming

My AIDS Walk Video

I am putting together a slide show to inspire people in Kansas City to do AIDS Walk this year...

If you have HIV/AIDS and you would like me to include a picture of you, please let me know.

All kinds of pictures...

Happy and sad...

Please let me know.

Thank you,
Ben