Big Brother’s Evel Dick Reveals HIV-Positive Status

evel dickFans of Big Brother will undoubtedly remember Dick Donato (aka Evel Dick), who continues to be the long-running summertime reality show’s villain to out-villain. He took home the top prize, $500,000, on Season 8 of the show, and he returned for an all-stars comeback on Season 13. On that latter season, however, he decided to leave the show early on without much of an explanation.

This week he’s shedding light on the reason he left: It was revealed to him in the Diary Room, where houseguests give interviews throughout the course of the show, that he was HIV-positive.

“Producers told me that something was wrong with my blood test,” he says in an interview with People. “They had done two HIV tests. One had come back positive and the other had come back negative.”

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I’m HIV-Positive, and I Have No Interest in News About HIV Cures

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Philadelphia is all atwitter currently with news out of Temple University that researchers there have gotten a step closer to a so-called cure for HIV. Basically, medical researchers are doing their jobs. Being medical researchers, though, they need to gin up some interest and rationale for more funding, so they’ve decided to recklessly issue a statement so slippery you can’t exactly disagree with it: “This is one important step,” says Temple’s Dr. Kamel Khalili, “on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS.”

Thanks to those four little letters — “cure” — many journalists who have no experience or strong understanding about HIV/AIDS are writing about HIV/AIDS and society is yet again unfurling the “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner. HIV/AIDS is about to be over! Will the last the person out please shut off the lights? Thanks.

Most people are zooming by the fact that this Temple discovery has no relevance to people living today or even in the near future; the discovery is simply a “proof of concept” with a completely uncertain future use, particularly if it’s anything like past “steps on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS.” More on that later.

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About 100 HIV Researchers On Downed Malaysian Plane

The Huffington Post reports that the Malaysian plane that was downed yesterday in Ukraine contained about 100 World Health Organization staffers who were on their way to a conference on AIDS in Melbourne, Australia. The International AIDS Society, which organized the event, released this message:

The International AIDS Society (IAS) today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today.

At this incredibly sad and sensitive time the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy.

It’s a tragedy. Head over to HuffPo to learn more about the victims, including Former IAS president Joep Lange, and avid AIDS campaigner Pim de Kuijer.

Weekend Roundup: Get PrEPped at ICandy, Stimulus Turns 5, Elixir Gala and More

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If information is power, get ready to power-up Sunday at an informative PrEP Panel at Icandy. PrEP, if you don’t know, is a daily pill that has been approved by the FDA as an effective HIV-prevention method — even as effective, some argue, as consistent and proper condom usage. Besides general information about the drug, the hour-long session will cover an array of other topics relating to PrEP. Event organizer Josh Kruger explains:

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Wale to Perform Free “Hip-Hop for Philly” Concert

Philly FIGHT just announced that Grammy-nominated rapper Wale will headline this year’s “Hip-Hop for Philly” concert during the 20th anniversary AIDS Education Month. The evening of music doubles as an initiative to motivate young people to get tested. Tickets will be free to anyone aged 13 to 24 who get an HIV test at one of four HIV-testing events around Philly.

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