Mark S. King

'Gay Day' at AIDS2010 in Vienna!

Filed By Mark S. King | July 19, 2010 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics
Tags: AIDS2010, global AIDS, HIV+, HIV/AIDS, Jim Pickett, Michel Sidibe, Vienna

In this, the first of daily video blogs from AIDS2010 in Vienna, I'm taking you along to meet leaders from the gay response to HIV/AIDS. You'll hear from Michel Sidibe of the United Nations, saying that a world in which gay men face discrimination "is not a society I want to live in." We'll attend workshops together, on topics such as aging, or the role of HIV+ gay men in the AIDS struggle. And you'll meet advocates like Jim Pickett of Chicago, who has been working on the development of lubricants that kill the HIV virus without condoms.

It's only been one day and I'm already tired and energized at once. Keep tuning in (daily video postings on Coming up: the spectacle of the AIDS2010 Global Village, featuring artists, exhibits, and colorful advocates from around the globe.

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Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 19, 2010 10:01 AM

Try and locate Dr. Jarawot from the Chonburi Provincial Hospital in Thailand and tell her that Matthew arrived home in very good order today. She is a remarkable lady and will be thrilled to know of his progress. She would also make a great interview. She cares for 100 HIV positive persons at any given time. Our friend is now all but independent of supplemental O2. Tell Dr. Jarawot that she created another miracle beyond belief.

She was on the phone to doctors around the world for this man's benefit as his symptoms were so very baffling. It took seven weeks, but he is home today and happy bless him.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 19, 2010 10:09 AM

I should also thank David who flew in from Canada for his friend, Lonnie who came from California, Jo who kept vigil at his bedside when he was on a forced air breather, Francine, JoAnne and so many of his Thai friends. I drove a lot of people to see Matthew and kept his spirits up as best I could in the face of one setback, one success, another setback and finally the roller coaster ride ended well.