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While traveling through the shantytowns of Uganda as a photojournalist, I met Josephine. Next to makeshift homes of corrugated metal, she lived in a dark and cool room that she shared with her siblings. It consisted of a mat and a torn magazine page of Beyoncé in a backless shimmering diamond top.

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How I Got Over My Fear of HIV/AIDS

To be honest with you, I never really liked kids. I went to an orphanage for kids with HIV/AIDS in Chennai, India to find something charitable...

To be honest with you, I never really liked kids. I went to an orphanage for kids with HIV/AIDS in Chennai, India to find something charitable to do. Shortly after a week in Chennai, I wanted to leave. The suffering at the orphanage was more than I could bear – the heat, the smell, the discomfort, and the mosquitoes. I booked a flight and said goodbye to the kids. But on the train ride to the airport, something made me turn around: I’m turning the suffering off, but those kids can't. I knew I couldn't take any of them out of that situation, but I could put myself into it.

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Elton John AIDS Foundation's Photo Portfolio to Help Fund Underserved Communities

The Elton John AIDS Foundation's Photography Portfolio II is a collection of ten prints, the proceeds of which will go to fund underserved communities

Over the weekend World AIDS Day was commemorated. To coincide with this day of awareness, The Elton John AIDS Foundation launched their Photography Portfolio II, a collection of ten prints by some of the most celebrated photographers working today. The proceeds of the sale of the photos will help fund underserved communities in the U.S., the Americas and the Caribbean, for urgently needed "front-line HIV prevention programs."

Not only for a good cause, the images are beautiful and each tells its own story. Photographers Tina Barney, Rineke Dijkstra, Elger Esser, Candida Höfer, Chen Jiagang, David LaChapelle, Alex Prager, Ed Ruscha, Hedi Slimane, and Frank Thiel. Below is a selection of images, and more information on The Elton John AIDS Foundation is available here.

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We Were Offered 10 Minutes with Bono—Why We Didn't Care

Breaking down how the celebrity-industrial complex hampers interviews of real value.

Update: Last week, a freelancer pitched us a 10-minute Q&A with Bono. After this piece ran we were contacted by the ONE Campaign, which wanted to clarify that the freelancer had not actually been approved for an interview. The piece has been corrected to reflect this.

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A Cut Above the Rest: Non-Surgical Circumcision Could Help Fight AIDS in Africa

A device to facilitate non-surgical adult male circumcision could revolutionize the fight against the spread of HIV.

When Tzameret Fuerst wakes up every morning, she has one thing on her mind: Saving 4 million lives through circumcision. Fuerst is the CEO of Circ MedTech, which developed a device to facilitate non-surgical adult male circumcision—a tool that could revolutionize the fight against the spread of HIV.

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Rough Cut: Weighing the Emotional and Medical Cases Against Circumcision

I'm not sure any medical study could actually convince me to change my longstanding opposition to circumcising newborns.

A slowly percolating body of evidence suggests that circumcision could have real—if not always drastic—health benefits in men. New research out of Australia suggests that uncircumcised men are 50 times more likely than circumcised men to develop penile cancer. In South Africa, adult male circumcision has been linked to huge drops in HIV transmission in the region. One CDC study of men in Baltimore found that among straight black men who had been exposed to HIV, those who contracted the virus were twice as likely to be uncircumcised. The CDC has considered recommending routine circumcision in an effort to fight HIV.

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