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      #201824 - 07/28/06 10:23 PM

My first HIV doctor in San Francisco was Robert Bolan who had been an assistant to Selma Dritz when the AIDS epidemic was first surfacing.

Ten marks for any one who knows who Selma Dritz was.

Dr. Bolan was my HIV doctor from 1989 to 1998 and it was he who first prescribed meds for me in 1993, in those days a handful of AZT four times a day. Bob left his practice to teach at UCLA in 1998 and I lost track of him.

The other day, noodling in Google, I googled his name and he popped us as medical director of the LA Gay and Lez Center. The website even gave his e-mail address. Later that day while crusing Disco Doc's website, aka Michael Sampson my HIV specialist ( - good for a chuckle), I noticed that his group's managing partner was Dr. Bob Bolan.

So I fired off an e-mail to Dr. Bob offerring my services as a speaker and professional resource on benefits and employment law, which he heartily accepted in a return telephone call, no less.

While I had him on the line so to speak, I mentioned that Disco Doc aka Michael Sampson was not willing to work with my liver doctor on my chronic liver disease, though I had pleaded, wept and prayed. Dr. Bob said, "Charles our business model is full spectrum care of the HIV patient. I'll call Michael right away."

And so he did, and now maybe there is some hope for my liver and me to grow old together.

We all are no more than six people apart from everyone in the world.

Life is a river.
Carpe diem.

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