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HIV, Prison and Cash Money 

After this edition of Boise Weekly has been on stands for a few days, what I presume will be a fairly large group of people will gather at a local bar to say goodbye to a longtime Boise activist. Duane Quintana, founder and, until recently the executive director of A.L.P.H.A., is leaving Boise for Chicago. Since founding A.L.P.H.A. in 2003, Quintana has become the city's leading advocate for HIV and AIDS education, testing and public awareness in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease. Over the years, he's appeared many times in Boise Weekly, as a source in stories, as a Citizen profile for his work, and in a guest opinion about reaching a milestone--10 years with HIV-positive status. Last year, Boise Weekly partnered with Quintana and A.L.P.H.A. to distribute more than 30,000 condoms in an effort to remind our readers that while HIV may not be in the news every day, it's still a threat and safe sex is the best practice.

This week's News story, "Holes in the Net" on Page 8, features a brief interview with Quintana about the financial challenges HIV patients in Idaho face as they struggle to continue qualifying for assistance programs while simultaneously holding down a decent job. The story is not unique to Idaho, but it is a story we may hear less about as the Affordable Care Act makes sweeping changes to the health-care industry that could make it easier for people like Marcus, featured in the story, to obtain affordable healthcare.

In this week's main feature, Carissa Wolf goes behind bars to get behind the scenes of a Department of Correction therapeutic program that isn't without controversy. BW was allowed to film some video footage of the program, and I'd highly recommend logging on to boiseweekly.com for a better look at the community in action.

And finally, if you're an artist and you need some dough, we are currently accepting applications for Boise Weekly's annual Cover Auction Grant. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 3. See Page 18 for details or call Office Manager Shea Sutton at 208-344-2055.

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