9_Media Activism and Internet Use by People with AIDS

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616 James Gillett © Blackwell Publishing Ltd/Editorial Board 2003 make changes to any drug therapies yourself – always consult a medical professional – if you can Fnd one who knows more than you about AIDS and HIV! ‘The HIV Zone’ ( http://www.geocities.com/WestHollywood/3390 ) by Tony Gardner is another good example of an Internet site that emphasises the expertise of people with HIV/AIDS. The purpose of ‘The HIV Zone’ is ‘to help bring information to people living with HIV/AIDS, and to hopefully bring knowledge to those people seeking such information, from an objective yet sometimes personal view’. In addition to providing extensive informa- tion, advice and links to resources, Tony also produces his own newsletter, comprising links to articles and webcasts about the realities and practicalities of living with HIV/AIDS, that begins: Since the human immunodeFciency virus was discovered in the early ’80s, the letters ‘HIV’ have become a familiar – and often frightening –
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