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Midwest College Conference for LGBT students and allies February 2nd, 2013
Midwest College Conference for LGBT students and allies

Next week is a conference that if you're within driving distance of Michigan, you're going to want to attend.  It is MBLGTACC, or the Midwest Bi Lesbian Gay Trans Ally College Conference.  It's the 21st annual meeting, and it is hosted at a different midwestern college or university every year. There are going to be about 1,700 college kids there and over 90 sessions you can participate in.  According to the event website, "workshop topics are about the intersections of LGBTA identities and race; religion; gender; sex; disability; history; education and schools; health; politics; allyship; homelessness; professionalism; leadership; HIV/AIDS; and more."  This year's event theme is "Mosaic: Putting the Pieces Together." You don't have to be from the midwest to attend (although it is easier, since Michigan at this time of year is covered with snow.)  Next year's conference is in Missouri - definitely plan ahead so you can be there.  Often, the college groups that organize the event also help people find a place to crash while in town, so don't let cost be an object. Why attend MBLGTACC?  "Many people in the LGBTA community do not have families that are similarly-identified, so we learn about ourselves primarily from our peers and the ...

‘Treat AIDS: Stop The Virus’ Takes a Stand Outside of the UN June 10th, 2011
‘Treat AIDS: Stop The Virus’ Takes a Stand Outside of the UN

“Fund Global Aids,” shouted over 200 individuals as they marched through New York City, from Bryant Park, on 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, to the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, on 47th Street and First Avenue, home of several United Nations offices. June 8th marked the beginning of a three-day United Nations HIV/AIDS Summit to determine how they will address the issue of the 10 million people around the world living with disease. In light of this event, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched their “Treat AIDS: Stop the Virus” campaign, which manifested itself in a street-side rally calling world leaders to uphold their promised commitment to treating—and defeating—the disease. Over the past three decades, HIV/AIDS has run rampant on a global scale, infecting over 60 million individuals and claiming over 25 million lives. The rally, which was largely organized by Tido von Schoen-Angerer, MD, the Director of the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines for MSF, was said to be created in order to get all the people on the ground level involved, demonstrating to the UN the gravity of the situation. “It is time for treatment—it is time to put an end to this disease,” said Schoen-Angerer. MSF has been on ...

Chimaera: No longer just an ancient myth January 27th, 2011
Chimaera: No longer just an ancient myth

Scientists have seen successful results with a new HIV "Smart Bomb" that they're calling chimaera (always with the awesome names) that helps inhibit certain expressions of the HIV virus. Chimaera doesn't kill infected cells, but it does attack the free floating virus in the bloodstream and temporarily suppresses the bonding site where HIV attaches to cells. Apparently, chimaera isn't anything new, but this is the first time it's been tested in animals. We've still got a long way to go before any human trials, but scientists are predicting it could be used either as a stand alone therapy or in combination with other drugs that treat HIV. The drawback so far is that chimaera's inhibitor effect only lasts a week, so people would need to get multiple injections, but hey. As the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day.