Mark S. King

AIDS2010 Begins with Sex, Drugs, and Annie Lennox

Filed By Mark S. King | July 19, 2010 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics

Wendy Knerr from The Pleasure Project really, really wants me to put a female condom inside my rectum. She keeps coaxing me, as if I'll go running to the men's room to try it on like a Ralph Lauren pullover. But her enthusiasm for the device is charming, and according to her it empowers gay men engaged in receptive intercourse to take control of safer sex without relying on their partner to use a condom.

Meanwhile, Annie Lennox is in the media room and actually answers my questions about her famous "HIV POSITIVE" t-shirt, and colorful cartoon characters promoting recovery from heroin addiction roam the Global Village. These are all great reasons for bringing my video camera to this conference! The theme of human rights seems, so far, to be embodied in the concept of de-criminalizing HIV, and I chat with an organizer of a seminar on the topic in this posting.

The two videos are after the jump.

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Andrew Belonsky Andrew Belonsky | July 19, 2010 8:12 PM

Honestly and truly, I think Annie Lennox is an angel. She has always been at the forefront of progressive sexual and health politics, and we should ALL be grateful. Sweet dreams and all that...