Surviving Members of TLC Launch ‘Dialogues’ HIV/AIDS Education Initiative
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas of the R&B group TLC on Tuesday helped to launch Agouron Pharmaceuticals' national HIV/AIDS education initiative, "Dialogues: Education and Treatment for a Well Planned Future" (CBS News.com, 6/3). The Dialogues program, which offers basic HIV information and tools to patients so they can work with their doctors to "get involved in their own care," was started by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of AIDS Education and Training Centers, in association with Agouron Pharmaceuticals, a Pfizer company. The program provides free printed materials, which can be ordered by phone or online, that offer "easy-to-understand" HIV/AIDS information and "quick-reference" materials, including medical term definitions. Thomas said, "When you access the program, you'll learn what you need to know to talk to your doctor and set up a strategy for living with HIV, which is a plan to keep you here" (Dialogues release, 6/3). In December, the first recipient of the Lisa Lopes AIDS Scholarship, named in memory of the third member of TLC, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died in a car accident, was announced. Health experts from the Kaiser Family Foundation, AIDS Action, SIECUS, Advocates for Youth and LIFEbeat, as well as the remaining members of TLC and MTV executives, select recipients of the scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by LIFEbeat and MTV as part of its "Fight for Your Rights: Protect Yourself" campaign (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/11).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.