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Althea Fung

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Why I'm Feeling the Bern
March 3, 2016

About a week or so ago, I wrote an opinion piece about Hillary Clinton's less than stellar legacy fighting for black women's rights, particularly when it comes to black women living with HIV. The article was mostly well received. However, I received several comments that all included a similar refrain: "Hillary is better than the competition."

Is she really?

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Political Correctness in HIV: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!
February 19, 2016

Free speech is a fundamental right for all Americans. It's right there in the first amendment of the Constitution. But, over time there has been a push by politicians and activists to avoid speech that insults, marginalizes or excludes certain groups. This shift in the way we can talk has led to a debate whether the fires of free speech are being squelched by a rising tide of political correctness.

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Frog Legs Aren't Chicken and Zika Isn't HIV
February 8, 2016

Zika is spreading across North and South America, bringing the usual mass hysteria that comes along with foreign diseases. While Zika is a serious concern, particularly in Latin America, many people are making unwarranted and, frankly, ridiculous associations between Zika and HIV.

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When It Comes to Charlie Sheen's 'HIV Cure' Doc, 'Maverick' Is Just Another Word for Quack
February 2, 2016

Back in 2008, you couldn't turn on the TV without hearing the word "maverick." Presidential hopeful John McCain was a "maverick" who was always willing to challenge party fundamentals. His running mate, Sarah Palin, was a "maverick" because she ate elk for dinner. The Dallas Mavericks just are mavericks.

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Charlie Sheen, TV Quacks and Armchair Psychology
January 27, 2016

I'm concerned about Charlie Sheen. Like, genuinely concerned. It's not because he disclosed he is HIV positive. It's not because as of late he looks like a character on The Walking Dead. It's not because he went off his antiretrovirals to take an alternative treatment method (well, I am concerned about that, but not as much).

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Althea Fung

Althea Fung

Althea wants to live in a world where adequate health care and health education is accessible to everyone.

As a journalist, she's written on health and health care policy for The Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia, The National Journal in D.C., The Jersey Journal in New Jersey and a variety of health care organizations across the country. Althea is currently the community editor for, where she helps coordinate the blog contributions and reports on HIV-related news and events.

When she's not writing and editing, Althea is trying to turn her daydreams into the next blockbuster movie by osmosis.

Althea's hobbies include obsessively re-reading books by Octavia Butler, napping, pretending to be a doctor and watching police procedural dramas. Her favorite doctors are House M.D., Doc Martin and the subway skin savior Dr. Zizmor.

Email your questions, concerns and comments to To find out what Althea's up to, follow her on Twitter, stalk her on Facebook and like her photos on Instagram. For random musings and her thoughts on health care, visit her website,

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