Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Sean Philpott: Living With HIV/AIDS Should Not Be A Crime

It went largely unnoticed by the public and the press, but last month Iowa's Senate and House of Representatives did something groundbreaking. With broad bipartisan support, that state became the first in the country to repeal and replace its existing HIV criminalization law.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:44 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Sean Philpott: Buying Into The Club

I’ve never been a big fan of actor Matthew McConaughey, but his recent award winning performance in The Dallas Buyers Club might change my opinion of him. In that movie The Dallas Buyers Club, Mr. McConaughey plays the role of Ron Woodroof, a real-life Texas cowboy who was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1985.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Sean Philpott: We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us

This past Sunday marked the 26th annual World AIDS Day, which is held every year on December 1st to remember the nearly 30 million people who have died from the disease since it was first identified in 1981.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:04 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Sean Philpott: An End to AIDS?

Just in time for World AIDS Day -- held every year on December 1st to remember the nearly 30 million people who have died since the epidemic began in the late 1970s -- the US Preventative Services Task Force has released new guidance on routine HIV testing. This is first time since 2005 that the Task Force has updated its HIV testing recommendations.

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The Roundtable
10:12 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Albany Damien Center - Art For AIDS' Sake

The Annual Art For AIDS' Sake gala is semi-formal party and silent auction held every October at the New York State Museum to benefit the Albany Damien Center. This year's gala – the 12th annual - is scheduled for Saturday October 20th. Lakia Green and Paul Kosachiner from the Albany Damien Center join us to tell us more.

12:12 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Dr. Douglas Fish - Albany Medical College

It is being called a major development and a milestone in the 30 year fight against HIV and AIDS. A new drug called Truvada, a medicine that can help prevent the transmission of HIV. For more on this drug, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke to Dr. Douglas Fish, an associate professor of medicine at Albany Medical College, and chief of the Division of HIV Medicine.

Commentary & Opinion
11:25 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Sean Philpott: Preparing for PrEP


An estimated 34 million people around the world are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Most of these individuals live in developing countries, but approximately 1.2 million Americans are infected. At least of third of those living with HIV/AIDS in the US are unaware of their status.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:22 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Sean Philpott: No Hershey’s Kisses for You

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1980s, at a time when HIV/AIDS was decimating the gay community. AIDS has since been rendered a chronic but manageable illness with the development of effective antiviral drugs (at least for those who can afford them), but at that time a diagnosis of AIDS was considered to be a death sentence.

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