HIV/AIDS

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Esquire Magazine. Steven Jay Russell in the Slammer thinking about his 144-year sentence.

Photo: Esquire Magazine.
Steven Jay Russell in the Slammer thinking about his 144-year sentence.

Stuck In The Slammer

In early 1998, an emaciated Texas inmate named Steven Jay Russell was granted a special parole — one which put him in the custody of a hospice. Russell’s medical records spelled out the reason: he had HIV/AIDS, and wasn’t likely to survive much longer.  Shortly thereafter, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice received a death certificate, alerting them that Russell had died.

A few weeks later, Russell was arrested.

Steven Jay Russell was born in 1957, if you believe his birth certificate. There’s no actual reason to doubt the veracity of the document, but a faked birthday or year would hardly be the most audacious lie Russell has ever told. His first major one — and his first known criminal one, for that matter — occurred in the early 1990s, when he faked a slip-and-fall, hoping for a pay day.

His ruse was uncovered and he was convicted of fraud, sentenced to six months in prison. That sentence was too long for him, though, so he left. Russell’s boyfriend was dying of AIDS (really) and Russell wanted to be with him during his last days. Four weeks in his prison sentence, Russell impersonated a prison guard — he had stolen some discarded street clothes and a walkie-talkie to use as a guard’s disguise to elude suspicion and break free — and walked out to freedom without much difficulty.

The guards thought I was an undercover police officer. It was such an adrenaline rush. Those first moments of freedom felt amazing.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Therese Frare  David Kirby near death and surrounded by his family, Ohio, 1990. Life magazine called this photo ""picture that changed the face of AIDS".  The photo was later used in a controversial Benetton ad, with the permission of Kirby's family, who felt that it would communicate how devastating the disease was to a worldwide audience.

Photo: Therese Frare
David Kirby near death and surrounded by his family, Ohio, 1990. Life magazine called this photo “”picture that changed the face of AIDS”. The photo was later used in a controversial Benetton ad, with the permission of Kirby’s family, who felt that it would communicate how devastating the disease was to a worldwide audience.

The Photo That Changed the Face of AIDS

Nearly 25 years ago, David Kirby lay on the cusp of death. Kirby, 32, had nearly reached the end of his fatal fight against HIV/AIDS when journalism student Therese Frare took the photo seen above.

In the photo, Kirby’s gaze appears vacant; he is a man resigned to a fate that his family–also broken by HIV/AIDS–just cannot bring itself to see. For many, the raw anguish radiating from this photo exemplified the tragedy of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which at this point in time had struck millions around the world.

The photo, which was later published in Life and then used by clothing company United Colors of Benetton in an advertising campaign, is said to have changed the face of AIDS.

When published, public understanding of HIV/AIDS was minimal. Many thought the disease confined its victims to those who identified as homosexual; few considered the damage it inevitably inflicted on an AIDS victim’s family. This photo helped change that.

“I started grad school at Ohio University in Athens in January 1990,” Frare told LIFE.com. “Right away, I began volunteering at the Pater Noster House, an AIDS hospice in Columbus. In March I started taking photos there and got to know the staff — and one volunteer, in particular, named Peta — who were caring for David and the other patients.”

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Challenge: see if you can watch this without facepalming

Pensioner Pox on the rise

Vice has some interesting statistics and details about pensioner sex.

The idea that people lose interest in sex as they age is more or less a myth. According to some estimates, 70 percent of men and 35 percent of women over 70 are sexually active. (That gap might have something to do with women generally outliving men—it’s harder for single older ladies to find sex partners.) About 43 percent of seniors say their sex drive decreases with age, but the the notion that all old people inevitably lose their earthly appetites is simply untrue. Many of the elderly deal with physical problems that make sex complicated—in plain English, it’s often difficult for them to get hard or wet—but thanks in part to multi-billion dollar erectile dysfunction medication industry, those obstacles have largely disappeared. And this generation of seniors probably have fewer psychological hang-ups when it comes to sex. These are the Baby Boomers, after all, the folks who grew up with free love and the pill.   Read more »

Guest Post – Stuff, It is NOT OK

English: James Deen attending the XBIZ Awards ...

James Deen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Guest Post submitted via the tipline, the author’s name has been withheld by request:

I am a mother, wife and business manager. I won’t name myself here as I do not want my name matched to a google search on the topic of this post.

Last week Stuff repeated an glamified article on porn exploiter James Deen speaking at a University in the US under the headline: “Is this Porn Star Dangerous?

Stuff (and any newspaper they published it in) are a disgrace for two reasons – they clearly did no research and YES he is dangerous. Why? Because, by his own admission, he is prepared to assault/torture damaged women for money.

A small amount of research will turn up a particular style of video this man does. It is actions not to different from what Michael Edward Farley has been arrested for in Canada. In one particular piece of “art” (his words – he compares himself to Warhol) he berates a 45kg woman for not paying him money she owes. To get his money’s worth out of her he systematically slaps her many times (about the head and various parts of her body), drags her around rooms by the hair, electrocutes her vagina, penetrates her many times despite her saying NO! (also many times), hits her frequently with an object, strangles her, causes her to vomit, etc and ad nauseum . In another he simulates a bondage rape – with a child like girl who must way all of 40kg. I stopped searching at that point (who would be a film censor?)  Read more »

Catholics can use frangas

The Telegraph

Wonders never cease. Some old repressed guy who wears totally gay outfits realises normal people have normal desires, and every sperm is not sacred.

After decades of fierce opposition to the use of all contraception, the Pontiff has ended the Church’s absolute ban on the use of condoms.

He said it was acceptable to use a prophylactic when the sole intention was to “reduce the risk of infection” from Aids.

While he restated the Catholic Church’s staunch objections to contraception because it believes that it interferes with the creation of life, he argued that using a condom to preserve life and avoid death could be a responsible act – even outside marriage.

Asked whether “the Catholic Church is not fundamentally against the use of condoms,” he replied: “It of course does not see it as a real and moral solution. In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more humane sexuality.”

A little enlightenment then. Maybe he can get on to sorting out the institutional cover up of horrific boy buggering by his offsiders.

Will rubbers kill the US Porn Industry?

There is a push in the US to further regulate the porn industry by applying stringent health and safety requirements including insisting all performers wear condoms:

This week, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation launched a new war against porn’s potentially reckless ways, proposing a strict initiative that would require male porn stars to wear condoms during vaginal and anal intercourse.

“The fact that these workers’ health and safety has been neglected is a very dangerous situation,” AHF president Michael Weinstein tells The Daily Beast. “It’s a matter of fairness. Why is this the only industry not afforded protection when they go to work?”

Immediately, the porn world was up in arms over the initiative. “Hey, dicks, it’s really quite simple,” says Jeremy. “We don’t mind wearing rubbers, but no matter how you slice it, the viewers don’t want to see them.”

Since California is one of two states in which porn is legal (the other is, only recently, New Hampshire), could this be the end of porn?

…This all raises the question: If condoms are enough to drive viewers away, who’s going to pay money to watch people go at it while looking like CDC agents?