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1999 Stories by Sharon Lerner

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  • Uncovered Sex

    published June 8, 1999

    When Margaret Sanger first began pushing for the birth control pill, people were getting around town in horse-drawn buggies. Sex for sex's sake... More >>

  • Children of Chernobyl

    published June 1, 1999

    The sun beats down on the tanned children frolicking on the beach just east of Havana. Over the sound of the surf, their high-pitched voices taunt... More >>

  • Gland Illusion

    published June 1, 1999

    If it were up to Laurie Straub, breast- and penis-enlargement surgeries would go the way of bloodletting. That's not because she sees America's... More >>

  • Rehab Runaround

    published May 25, 1999

    Robert Payton was the kind of guy who could take care of business. A 42-year-old lawyer who handled real estate and construction cases, he was... More >>

  • Guy vs. Guy

    published May 18, 1999

    The assailant grabs Dave Ayala from behind, holds a knife to his throat, and mutters something about beating the shit out of him. But Ayala turns... More >>

  • Tragedy of Errors

    published May 11, 1999

    By now most of us are familiar with Tyler Walrond, the two-month-old who starved to death when his mother's efforts to breast-feed him proved... More >>

  • Psych-Out

    published May 4, 1999

    Just a few months back, Miguel was feeling pretty awful. "Every day it would be a habit, I would just cry for no reason, and I would think to... More >>

  • The Circus Comes to Buffalo

    published April 27, 1999

    If you didn't know better, you might think that the MacAlpine Presbyterian Church in Buffalo was some sort of vaulted sports bar and Jesus a... More >>

  • Paying Disorders

    published April 13, 1999

    Eating disorders are tenacious. In its secretive, compelling way, bulimia can hang on undetected for years. Its sufferers— overwhelmingly... More >>

  • Tests and Consequences

    published April 6, 1999

    Last week New York's highest court decided that a man who didn't report being HIV positive when he applied for disability insurance was... More >>

  • Profit and Loss

    published March 30, 1999

    Outraged as Americans may be over eroding health coverage, we are not alone. We scramble for legislation to protect patients' rights against... More >>

  • Cold Comfort

    published March 23, 1999

    For some, spring means lighter clothes or an occasion to clean the closets. For Maria Antonia Roa, 31, the gentler weather brings about a drastic... More >>

  • Health Care Customs

    published March 16, 1999

    Emily Marino was insured when she discovered she had breast cancer, so the bills were the least of her problems. Or so she thought. Though she was... More >>

  • Elective Collective

    published March 9, 1999

    Finally, a magazine all about plastic surgery! The relief is almost palpable in the west Chelsea art gallery filled with shapely, symmetrical... More >>

  • Raising Canes

    published March 2, 1999

    The demonstrators on the 34th Street sidewalk move in fits and starts. Some whiz by in motorized wheelchairs, others loop around slowly, leaning... More >>

  • Waving Off the Magic Wand

    published February 23, 1999

    It's not easy out there. Just ask the fortysomething blond who's been taking hustle lessons—and religiously attending the coed parties after... More >>

  • The Last Drag

    published February 23, 1999

    Bobbie has tried to quit smoking before. It was the early '80s, when she was living as a man, a drug addict, and an alcoholic. She— then,... More >>

  • What's Up, Doc?

    published February 16, 1999

    Doctors are not entirely unlike basketball players, another group of rich and powerful professionals who've chosen to defend their rights with... More >>

  • My Mugger, Myself

    published February 16, 1999

    Walking home to my Brooklyn apartment, my mind is idly fixed on the groceries in my bag. The package of smoked salmon, which is wedged in with my... More >>

  • Rod Sorge

    published February 9, 1999

    Rod Sorge, one of New York's most articulate, knowledgeable, and empathic voices on harm reduction for drug users, died last Thursday from... More >>

  • Pataki's Pick

    published February 2, 1999

    Reproductive rights advocates are steeling themselves for what seems to be the imminent appointment of a Republican opponent of abortion as the... More >>

  • Clinic Depression

    published January 26, 1999

    No one is watching the TV in the waiting room of the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Inc. On it, two perky white anchorpeople animatedly... More >>

  • Shrink Rap

    published January 19, 1999

    Your insurer may not be who you think it is. Even as your little plastic HMO membership card sits snugly in your wallet, your mental health... More >>

  • Shop 'Til You Drop

    published January 12, 1999

    Let's say you have the good fortune to have health insurance. Now let's stretch the imagination a bit further and say you have a choice of health... More >>

  • Paper Trial

    published January 5, 1999

    Antonia Cedrone chose her 17th-floor apartment for its view. The one-bedroom in a doorman building in the East 30s was on the pricey side for... More >>

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