My Date With 18 Sociology Professors

My Date With 18 Sociology Professors

About two months ago I invited a small group of Sociology professors to read though the rough draft of my upcoming book to give me feedback. It was so amazing being able to see how their brains worked.

This group of educated men and women was the boost I needed when it seems as if I had run right smack into a concrete wall named writer’s block. This grand meeting was 3 months in the making, lasted for 2 day, and has given me a lifetime of memories and a new outlook on life.

This blog may seem like random thoughts, but just follow me. Outside of what I learned this was a great was to get great input on my book.

I mailed out invitations to 30 professors within a 1 hour drive from the venue I had rented. I explained in the invitation that no monetary compensation would be given, but breakfast and lunch would be served each day. I received 18 RSVPs. On the first day after the welcome, a short presentation on HIV was given by a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) from the local health department. After the DIS spoke I had scheduled three HIV positive individuals to speak to the professors. I chose three people with different upbringings and from different socioeconomic backgrounds.  There was a restroom break before the 2nd HIV positive speaker. After the final speaker I scheduled an in-room lunch break. Lunch was served buffet style and smooth jazz was played in the background.

After lunch I spoke to the professors about my upcoming book explained to them that the invitation stated that each day would be from 8am-4pm. However, day one would actually end in the room at 1:30 and the rest of the day would be for reading.

I then gave each professor a copy of my book and each signed confidentiality stating they would not copy the book, talk about the book, etc… I gave each of them red ink pens and told them to write questions or thoughts in the books.  I then explained to the professors that they could stay in the room until 4pm or take the book home and read it. I then let them know that day 2 would start at 10am, but they could come into the room at 8am for fruit, muffins, bagels, coffee, and orange juice.

Most of the professors had finished the book before returning. Three finished the book in the room the second morning. At 10am the professors took a small break and then returned to ask me questions. At noon a lunch was given with John Coltrane playing in the background.

Now this is where it gets interesting. At 1pm, I asked the professors to act as if they were in a book club and I would give the questions. This is where I got to see how the minds of Sociologist really work. They would break into discussions and theoretical arguments that would have drained the thinking power of an average person. I am so glad I have it all on video.

At the end of this great gathering, one of the professors asked if he could add my book (once completed) to the “suggested” reading of his school’s sociology department. I said yes.

That is a great way to get feedback on your book.

Upcoming dates to remember:

Twitter Chat Days – 4/25/14, 5/26/14, and 6/26/14.

Book release date – 6/27/14

 

Name of book: The Story Within – A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US

@CameronDeFaux

CameronDeFaux@gmail.com

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Blinded by the…

Blinded by the…

It is said that you never hear the real story. I have heard that over 90% of all the media is owned by 6 corporations. This means that if those 6 corporations don’t want you to know something then they won’t tell you. At what age do kids learn the truth about Santa and Easter Bunny?

HIV? What’s the real truth? Does it really matter now? The fact is that over 1.1 million people in the US have HIV right now.  The fact is that in 2013 only about 25% of those infected with HIV had medical insurance.

Fact, everyone who has HIV is listed in a national database. Everyone with HIV is also listed in state/local database. These names are all sent to the CDC. Money is given to areas of the country where HIV is more prevalent. That only makes sense: Send the money where it is needed.

I’m sorry if this blog seems like a bunch of random thoughts, but the HIV problem in the US has gotten out of control. Over 1.1 million people have HIV and the US government spends over $80 billion a year on HIV as a whole, meaning education, salaries, grants, outreach, care, and medicine. That’s over $72,000 per infected individual per year.

And why is the medicine so damn much? The average monthly cost is over $1200 a month. You can read more about the medicines in a previous blog.

Upcoming dates to remember

4/25/14 – Twitter Chat 7pm-8pm #TheStoryWithin

5/26/14 – Twitter Chat 7pm-8pm #TheStoryWithin

6/26/14 – Twitter Chat 7pm-8pm #TheStoryWithin

6/27/14 – Book release The Story Within – A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US

If anyone would like to contact me feel free to e-mail me at CameronDeFaux@gmail.com

#HIV #AIDS #PleasantIsland #book

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Please forgive me; I know it has been a while since I posted on my blog. However, I have been working mighty hard.

Please forgive me; I know it has been a while since I posted on my blog. However, I have been working mighty hard.

I would like to give you a breakdown of my upcoming schedule and some calendar dates I would like for you to mark. Then I would like to introduce to you some of those who have are featured in my upcoming book.

4/25 Twitter Chat using #TheStoryWithin

5/26 Twitter Chat using #TheStoryWithin

6/26 Twitter Chat using #TheStoryWithin

New blogs will be written at least every two weeks. If anyone has a direct question they would like to ask me feel free to e-mail me directly at CameronDeFaux@gmail.com.

Now what you are here for:

Meet Calvrick – A journalist who has five close friends that have been diagnosed with HIV.

Meet Earnest & Eugene – Co-owners of a car dealership who buys cars from those diagnosed with HIV.

Meet Yasmin – A realestate investor who buys homes from those who are HIV positive. After she buys the homes she lets the former owner stay there rent free for  up yo six months.

Meet Stephen – An HIV positive former State Food Stamp Worker who wants to work at a greenhouse.

Meet Matt – A moose hunter who caught HIV while having an affair with him boss’s wife.

Meet Kyle – An HIV positive man who inherited a newsletter with his roommate Adam.

Meet Dawn – Who after being infected fell in such a depression that she almost lost custody of her kids.

Meet Brain – A Disease Intervention Specialist who informs individuals that they are a contact to an HIV case.

Those and many more tell their story in my upcoming book The Story Within – A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US.

Release date 6/27/14, which is also National HIV Testing Day

#PleasantIsland #HIV

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Sociology, HIV, and Higher Education

I am happy, giddy, excited and overjoyed. I got an email today from a college professor who stated that they would like to add my upcoming book to their required reading curriculum for their Sociology Department. This has made me a happy camper (author).  My book has not yet hit the market, yet I have an institute of higher learning ready to place my book in the hands of the future community developers of this great country. To clear things up, it was not just an email, but the corresponding of a series of emails. Because the book has not been released and we are still discussing the details of the agreement, I am not at liberty to say the name of the institution.

Some people may ask why a Sociology Dept. would want to use a book about HIV. To answer that one should understand the definition of sociology. Two definitions were found doing a quick online search.

1.study of society: the study of the origin, development, and structure of human societies and the behavior of individual people and groups in society

2.study of individual social institution: the study of a particular social institution and the part it plays in society

I will not go into details of exactly what the book is about or how said institution will be using my book but the title of the book should be enough explanation. The name of the book is The Story Within – A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US. Yes, it’s a long subtitle, but I wanted readers to know what they are reading. I will tell you this: The book has letters from people who are infected with HIV.

Release date 6/27/14

On Twitter @CameronDeFaux

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Money, Meds, and HIV

Tylenol, Advil, Aleve.

How many of you have heard of these medicines?

How about Truvada, Sustiva, Fuzeon, Norvir? Most people have not heard of those three medicones. However if you have HIV or work with those infected then you may have heard of those medicines.  Truvada cost about $1200 for a month’s supply. Fuzeon currently cost about $2950 for a month’s supply.

The real question is who can really afford this medicine? Insurance companies do not cover all of this. And some of the people with HIV have to take more than one medicine. Now all of the medicine is not into the thousands. However, most of the medicines are over $100 a month. Moreover, the average person with HIV pays about $1200 a month for medicine. Some research claims that the amount is $1900 a month.

Do the math. $1900 a month times 12 months is $22800 a year. Which breaks down to $10.96 an hour 40 hours a week times 52 weeks. Using this formula, a person with HIV would have to make a minimum of $40,000 a year just to make ends meet, and be single, and have no kids.

I see why the eradication of HIV is very important. The cost is becoming astronomical. The number of those infected is increasing. Those with HIV are living longer, and there are still those who contract HIV and then decide to spread it to everyone they can.

So the price of medicine goes up, the number of those infected goes up, and those who are infected start to live longer. And why does the medicine cost so much. Well, there is so much money that goes into making one single pill. And to recuperate the money that goes into that pill the cost is set as such. There is a 25 year time limit. After 25 years a generic form of the medicine can be produced.

So what’s the plan?

Coming 6/27/14

The Story Within – A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The Book is Almost Here

The time is almost here. Anticipation is building. It’s like ants in my pants. I have worked so hard, researched so much. Interviewed so many people. Wrote. Proofed. Edited. Proofed. Wrote some more. Gathered more info and replayed the whole sequence again.

The date: June 27, 2014.

Why that date? That is National AIDS Testing Day.

With the fact that an Executive Order was signed stating that all US citizens must get an HIV test, this should make people wonder why. There have always been national HIV/AIDS days. National AIDS Testing Day is 6/27/14. National AIDS Awareness Day is 12/1/14. Why should there be a law to get people tested? What is the next step after that? Ponder that for a second.

I have come to the realization that many people will not like the topic discussed in my upcoming book. The topic may be too controversial. It may not be for anyone under 18 years old to read. However, there are over 2200 people in the US under the age of 18 with HIV. They may want to know what the plans are for those individuals who are infected with HIV. Again, why must an Executive Order be passed to force Americans to get tested for HIV?

My upcoming book will give you the answer. It will prepare those with HIV of what’s to come. There is a plan to eradicate HIV/AIDS in the US. And the plan starts with making sure everyone is tested first.

The Story Within: A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US

#PleasantIsland #HIV #AIDS

@CameronDeFaux

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The Process

What happens when someone test positive for HIV? What is the process? The positive lab is reported to the Health Department by the doctor who ordered the test and/or the lab who performed the test. Once the Health Department is aware of the lab, they then contact the individual who tested positive. The Health Department will sit and explain the process of HIV with the patient and discuss the test. At that point it changes from state to state what happens after that.

Some states ask for all of the sex partners of the patient. Every state sets the patient up with an infection specialist or internal medicine doctor. There are some states that make you sign forms that say you will not have sex any more. The repercussions of having sex could be up to 5 years in prison. Yes, prison, not jail. Why is this?

But what many with HIV don’t know is that their name is forever saved and updated in a collection of databases that are used to keep up with and link those infected with HIV.  For what reason do these databases need to be updated? The answer: To keep a record of the most recent test results of each infected individual. To see where the patient is getting services from and if the patient is getting services from more than one grant funded organization.

Go to Google or Bing and look up “STDMIS” or “Careware”. These are just two of the systems. Look and see what you find out. I do not choose to give you all of the information that I know right now. However, just knowing that there are systems like this should make you think long and hard about who you have sex with.

But where does all of this money come from for these grants? The US government spends $84 Billion a year for HIV meds, grants, jobs, programs, surveillance, education, etc… Eighty-four billion. $84,000,000,000.

Coming summer 2014:

The Story Within: A Scrapbook of the Eradication if HIV/AIDS in the US

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized