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World AIDS Day Chosen to Launch HIV/AIDS Radio Network, First All HIV/AIDS 'On Demand' Radio Network to Tackle AIDS
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - December 1, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Aldagon Resources and the Affiliate Nanocasting Network (ANN) announced today the launch of the HIV/AIDS Radio Network (www.hivradio.com) -- the first "on demand" radio network dedicated to airing the voices of HIV and AIDS from around the world.
The Network's pilot program, "HIV and Me Talk Radio," presents a 13-part series on Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS in recognition of this year's World AIDS Day theme. The program spanned the globe to speak with leading organizations, activists, policy makers, researchers and, most importantly, women living with HIV and AIDS. Initial guests include Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Dr. Kathleen Cravero; President George Bush's AIDS Czar, Ambassador Randall Tobias; Executive Director of the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), Terje Anderson, along with guests from the World Health Organization, SIECUS and amfAR, the AIDS organization founded by Elizabeth Taylor. The highlight of the series is two rare and insightful interviews with women living with HIV.
Collectively, the pilot series presents a wide panorama of the issues facing women and girls with regards to this pervasive disease, as well as how these issues are being dealt with -- both at a policy level and a personal one.
"Some of the findings were quite surprising," said Aldagon Resources Timothy Critzer, host and co-creator of the program. "Most guests supported the idea of focusing this year's events on women and girls, but at least one thought it was a poor idea, as it fragmented the attention needed for the whole effort. Perhaps most significant is one common chord struck by almost everyone to whom we talked. It was as if they were reading from the same talking points -- men and women from the grass roots to the oval office all bellowing the same tune: 'We need better communication.' This was eye opening," said Critzer.
Perhaps Dr. Rowena Johnston of amfAR summed it up best on the program when she said, "HIV is one of those diseases that involves everything your mother told you does not belong in polite conversation: sex, religion, drugs, politics; and these are not easily surmountable problems. Every region of the world has its own views and its own cultures and taboos that really don't serve us very well in trying to treat this as a disease that humans are suffering from and that we are trying to deal with as best we can."
About HIV/AIDS Radio Network:
The HIV/AIDS Radio Network uses a new medium and a new tool for linking those active in, impacted by, working with or concerned about HIV and AIDS. The programs on the Network are nanocasted via the Internet. The power of this resource lies in its global reach, bringing out the voices of HIV and AIDS from around the world. Its pilot program, HIV and Me Talk Radio, enables the HIV/AIDS community to stay in touch with the leading edge developments from the grass roots to the oval office, better enabling the sharing of insights and the cross-pollination of ideas that will hopefully help to save many lives while improving the quality of others.
The program's theme will change periodically to bring light to the many ways HIV and AIDS are impacting the emotional, physical, social, financial and spiritual aspects of our lives. A new interview is recorded weekly and added to this "on demand" web site at http://www.hivradio.com, as well as nanocasted through a network of affiliate web sites.
HIV and Me Talk Radio is hosted by Timothy Critzer, HIV-positive author, columnist, talk show host and activist; and is produced by Errol Smith, an Emmy-winning television reporter and broadcaster in Los Angeles. The program is privately funded by Aldagon Resources and Jackstreet Media and is part of the HIV and Me Educational Series (www.hivandme.com).
Photo caption: HIV and Me Talk Radio is hosted by Timothy Critzer
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HIV/AIDS Radio Network / Aldagon Resources
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