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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 TheBody.com, 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 afung@thebody.com. 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, altheafung.com.

Latest by Althea Fung

Investigation of Humana's Discriminatory HIV Drug Pricing Ends With a Fine and a Promise -- But Practice Continues With HCV Meds Img
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Investigation of Humana's Discriminatory HIV Drug Pricing Ends With a Fine and a Promise -- But Practice Continues With HCV Meds

Florida's insurance commissioner will impose a $500,000 fine on Humana following an investigation into allegations that the health insurance company price gouged prescription drugs for people living with HIV.

Secretary Clinton delivers remarks on maternal and child health by U.S. Department of State, 2011 (Credit: PhotosForClass.com)
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The Place in Hell for Hillary Clinton: Her Legacy for Black Women Living With HIV

Presidential contender Hillary Clinton, an advocate for women's rights, backed policies that dismantled the lives of black women -- especially those living with HIV, says TheBody.com's community editor Althea Fung.

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HIV Activists, Organizations Call for Less-Stigmatizing Language

Dear society: Don't say "HIV-infected person," say "person living with HIV." And stop saying "full-blown AIDS" -- there is no such medical phrase. These suggestions, and many more, are part of a new effort by activists to change the way people talk a...

When It Comes to Charlie Sheen's 'HIV Cure' Doc, 'Maverick' Is Just Another Word for Quack: A Blog Entry by Althea Fung Img

When It Comes to Charlie Sheen's 'HIV Cure' Doc, 'Maverick' Is Just Another Word for Quack: A Blog Entry by Althea Fung

The word "maverick" was the frequent butt of comedian Bill Maher's 2008 election jokes, notes Fung. Now he's calling a man who claims to have cured cancer and AIDS a "medical maverick," as if he's to be taken seriously.

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A Talk With Louie Ortiz-Fonseca, Chronicler of Latino Gay and Queer Men in the HIV Era

"I think that has definitely opened up the conversation," says Ortiz-Fonseca, about Gran Varones. "Now I get inboxes all the time about folks who were just tested but don't know where to go for treatment."

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Charlie Sheen, TV Quacks and Armchair Psychology: A Blog Entry by Althea Fung

In her inaugural blog post, TheBody.com's community editor Althea Fung shares her concerns about the ethics of TV medicine.

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Trans, Queer and HIV Communities Mourn Loss of Writer and Performer Bryn Kelly

Bryn Kelly, a transgender writer, performer and hairstylist, died of an apparent suicide in her Brooklyn apartment. She was found by friends on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

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The Gran Varones: Through Photos and Stories, Latino Queer Men Share Their Lives

“I decided that I would do a project highlighting the stories of queer and gay Latino men in Philadelphia and call it the Gran Varones … When we come out we are shifting family norms,” explains Louis Ortiz-Fonseca.

Actor Charlie Sheen Discloses HIV Status, Says He's Undetectable Img

Actor Charlie Sheen Discloses HIV Status, Says He's Undetectable

Saying "I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths," the actor disclosed he has had HIV for four years.

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High Cost of HIV Meds, Other Drugs Should Be Top Presidential Concern, Most Americans Say

Rising drug costs, particularly for medications that treat chronic infections such as HIV, will likely be a hot-button issue during the 2016 presidential election cycle, according to a recent poll from Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).