AIDS Treatment New
s publishes a buyers' club list each December. For a short overview and introduction to the meaning, history, and services of these organizations, see AIDS Treatment News #309, December 18, 1998.
We focus on buyers' clubs specializing in HIV (we also included Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, because of its extensive selection of supplements and excellent information about them). All the organizations listed below are nonprofit. Most can provide products by mail order. Most have fact sheets or other information, and some have a nutritionist or other expert available at certain times to answer questions. Some offer financial assistance with purchases if necessary. Most are open to the public, but some require membership (which may require an annual fee, or be restricted geographically or in other ways). Call ahead for current information.
We have not listed medical marijuana buyers' clubs here. The best way to find out about any in your area is by referral from a local AIDS service organization, support group, or healthcare professional.
Denver Buyers' Club (PWA Coalition Colorado)
http://www.pwacoalitionofcolorado.com (starting Feb. 2002)
1290 Williams St., Suite 102
Mailing address: P.O. Box 300339, Denver CO 80203-0339
303-329-9379; bilingual Spanish/English TTY: thru operator
District of Columbia
Carl Vogel Center
1012 14th St. NW, Suite 707, Washington DC 20005
Membership: annual cost $25 (includes a BIA test, reduced prices for massage acupuncture, educational symposium, newsletter, reduced prices for supplements).
DAAIR (Direct Access Alternative Information Resources)
31 East 30th St. #2A, New York NY 10016
888-951-5433 or 212-725-6994
Note: The largest buyers' club. Membership by sliding scale, $5, $10, or $25 per year; new members receive treatment information pack. Also, "Preventing and Managing Side Effects and HIV Symptoms" is available at http://www.daair.org (no membership required -- click the Countering Toxicities button on the home page), or by mail by request if necessary.
Houston Buyers' Club
3400 Montrose Blvd. #605, Houston TX 77006
800-350-2392 or 713-520-5288
Note: How to Manage Side Effects, a 48-page booklet by Lark Lands, Michael Mooney, Nelson Vergel, and others is available without charge. You can request a copy by phone, mail, or email.
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Copyright 2001 by John S. James. Permission granted for noncommercial reproduction, provided that our address and phone number are included if more than short quotations are used.
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