I'm not exactly sure what's motivating me to write this. I'm not exactly sure of anything anymore. But I tested positive nine days ago, and I'm aware of the fact now that I've become a part of a growing norm'though it's not the kind of norm I ever wanted to fit into. I too am one of the new faces ['I Am,' December 2005, World AIDS Day Supplement]. But I am also afraid. I fear being kicked out (I'm crashing at my aunt's house on her couch as well as at a few friends' places, since I just moved to New York), and I haven't told my family and [have only told] three of my friends.
New York City
I am a big fan of HIV Plus, but the story of Christine Maggiore and daughter Eliza Jane is a bit more complex than the 11 lines your December 2005 article gives to it ['Child of HIV Denialist Dies,' December 2005, www.hivplusmag.com]. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests Eliza Jane died of an allergic reaction to amoxicillin and not AIDS-related pneumonia. According to an independent coroner, the little girl's T cells were extremely high.
Gary R. Schor
Willing to Help Out
I read the article 'In Katrina's Aftermath' and I was impressed with organizations' efforts to help people who need help [Life+Culture, November 2005]. My organization is 30 miles from Tallahassee, Fla., and 250 miles from Atlanta, and I would love to help some of these people.
Deborah Davis, Director
Heavenly Home Inc.
[The editors reply: To contact Davis at Heavenly Home, call'(229) 228-9373, or write to P.O. Box 1163, Thomasville, GA 31799.]