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Becoming a werewolf turns this Harry Potter character into an uncontrollable killer who needs to be isolated. Now JK Rowling says it's a metaphor for HIV. Not the best way to combat stigma, writes Becky Allen.
"I get that it's tempting, when bad things happen to a bad person, to revel in the schadenfreude," writes Becky Allen, TheBody.com's site director. "But this isn't comeuppance or just desserts -- and sorry folks, the contracting-HIV-from-tiger-blood ...
"There is no good way to watch your parent die. There is nothing that makes it comfortable or easy."
"I was taught in my high school health class that you should always ask about STDs before having sex with someone, but no one ever really explained what that conversation might sound like."
"Last winter, my mother had a sudden, massive seizure -- followed, in short order, by brain surgery, a stroke and an eventual diagnosis of brain cancer."
Twitter rolls on even as AIDS 2012 winds down. Today's highlights include more discussions of prevention and criminalization, as well as the future of the conference -- and the future of HIV.
As we pass the halfway point of AIDS 2012, exhaustion has started to set in. But the tweeting continues, with topics from prevention, criminalization and gender, plus living with HIV while aging -- or while young.
"My generation grew up with HIV. We were among the first kids who learned about it in the classroom," writes Becky Allen, TheBody.com's site manager. But "just because HIV has been with us for as long as we remember doesn't mean we're at ease with it...
Annie Lennox speaking at AIDS 2008
After you've won four Grammys, eight BRIT Awards, put out multiple platinum and gold albums and even won an Oscar for your music, what's left to do?
For Annie Lennox, the answer is become an HIV advocate.