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What's the Buzz? The Top 10 Stories on TheBody.com in 2011

December 2, 2011

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#9: A Killer Sex Drive?

By Brooke Davidoff; Feb. 18, 2011
Brooke Davidoff

Having Brooke Davidoff join the bloggers at TheBody.com was one of our top stories from last year, and she has remained a popular voice on the site in 2011. In this entry, she writes with raw honesty about the fear of infecting her husband:

We had sex; not a big deal. We're married. We're supposed to have sex. It wasn't the first time and it won't be the last time.

But he wasn't supposed to get sick the day after. He was throwing up and had a fever that came out of nowhere.

Was it because of me? Is he no longer HIV negative?

Although some commenters called into question Brooke and her husband's decision not to use condoms, most were from other HIVers in magnetic relationships who reminded her -- as she'd reminded them -- that her fears are understandable and she isn't alone.


#10: The New York Post Is at It Again; This Time It Outs Alleged Victim's HIV Status

By Kellee Terrell; May 20, 2011
Kellee Terrell

Early this year, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn came under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a maid at a New York City hotel. The story was irresistible to the tabloids from the very start, so it's no shock that it got even worse when HIV entered the mix. The New York Post reported that Strauss-Kahn's accuser lived in an apartment building that rents only to adults living with HIV. In an editorial responding to the paper, Kellee Terrell wrote:

Look, I am fully aware that Strauss-Kahn's guilt is to be determined by a jury of his peers, so I shouldn't judge him, nor should the paper. But to paint him as a victim and try to out her supposed HIV status is just plain wrong.

What does her alleged HIV status have to do with this case? Absolutely nothing. And if she is HIV positive, which has not been confirmed, how is it any of our business? It's not.

Kellee also pointed out to readers that the Post was not only reinforcing HIV stigma, it was placing the blame for the assault on the rape victim -- something that many other media pieces also do, especially if the victim is a woman of color.


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Becky Allen is the site manager for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.

Follow Becky on Twitter: @BeckyAtTheBody.


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