POZ Magazine Publishes Special Issue on HIV/AIDS in Black Community
The monthly HIV/AIDS magazine POZ has published a special edition focusing on HIV/AIDS and the black community, the first national consumer magazine to do so, according to a POZ release. The issue, which is currently available on newstands, features a cover story with R&B singer and AIDS advocate Mary J. Blige and interviews with former NBA star Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Democratic presidential candidate Rev. Al Sharpton and hip-hop star Keith Murray. In addition, the issue includes stories on the "critical role" of black churches in the fight against HIV/AIDS and on men who have sex with both women and men without informing their partners. More than 200,000 copies of the magazine will be made available to community groups, AIDS services organizations, and churches serving the black community and at special events across the country. Louise Sloan, the magazine's special projects editor, said, "With HIV and AIDS now disproportionately impacting people of color, POZ is committed to providing the black community with a resource that speaks to their unique concerns and provides them with the tools they need to take control of their lives and health" (POZ release, 7/7).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.