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New York Times Profiles HIV/AIDS Advocate Florent Morellet

June 23, 2006

The New York Times on Friday profiled HIV/AIDS advocate Florent Morellet, who "has been called a hero for demystifying and deconstructing AIDS." Morellet, who is originally from France and owns a French restaurant in New York City, learned he was HIV-positive 20 years ago. Although contracting HIV "was considered a virtual death sentence" at the time, Morellet reacted by "going public and posting his [CD4+T] cell count along with the daily specials" on a bulletin board in his restaurant, the Times reports. Since 1987, Morellet has been working with Compassion and Choices, an organization that helps terminally ill people. At one point in 1987, Morellet's T-cell count was 235 -- his lowest recorded count -- when he contracted hepatitis and shingles and "was given two years to live," according to the Times. Morellet says he now has a T-cell count of 804 because of antiretroviral drugs. Morellet says he sees his HIV/AIDS work as a way to "make a mark on the world" (Finn, New York Times, 6/23).

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2006 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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