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the ever-lit cigarette. At 28, he com-
plains about the chronic fatigue
he feels from AIDS.
Hayner also suffers from recurring
bouts of bronchitis and has had to
fight stomach parasites and thrush, a
fungus inside the mouth.
He undergoes a full battery of
tests every month when he sees his
doctor at University Hospitals.
In the future, he is likely to de-
velop full blown-AIDS where the
immune system can no longer pro-
tect the body from life-threatening
cancers, viruses, and pneumonia.
Hayner tugs gently on his right
ear, a nervous gesture, as he talks
about his past.
Three years ago, he was persuaded
by his lover to be tested for AIDS.
Hayner tested positive; his lover -
who had felt sick at the time - did
'not. The two men split up and have
not been in touch since then.
"When I found out I was positive,
I panicked about the whole thing. I
didn't know who to tell, what to do,
where to go. I was very suicidal. I
was in all this denial, and very secre-
tive. I really thought it was consid-
ered a disgrace to die of AIDS," he
His brown eyes are as direct and
unfaltering as the manner in which
he speaks about himself.
He says that he contracted AIDS
from being sexually promiscuous.
"Never hearing my parents telling
me that they loved me or anything, I
turned to being promiscuous. That's
the only time I heard 'I love you',"
At first Hayner told his family
that he had leukemia because he
could not bring himself to tell them
he had AIDS.
"I don't hear from my family that
often. They don't treat me any differ-
ently really. And just because I'm
sick and possibly dying, they still
don't have that much to do with me,"
The first year after the diagnosis
was the roughest one for him. Forced
to quit his job as a home health care
aide, he had to apply for Medicaid and
Social Security disability. He lived
in a 12-by-12 room that he shared
with his black and white cat named
"I was really pretty sick at the
time. There were days when I
couldn't get out of bed," he says.
Though Hayner has since moved
to a studio apartment, he is still
strapped for money. He receives $342
a month from Social Security dis-
ability which must pay for rent,
electricity, phone bills, and trans-
portation. His monthly food budget
consists of $31 he receives in food
"And you have to fight like hell
to get it," he says about collecting
And a persistent fighter he is, say
members of the support group. It is
from him that they have learned to
take control of their lives - whether
it is arguing with doctors over alter-
native drugs or wading through state
bureaucracies to collect checks to
help pay exorbitant medical bills.
Though AIDS has bittered Hayner
- he does not laugh as much any-
more - it has not made him any
less caring towards others, says Ty-
tar, his longtime friend.
One FRIENDS member recalls
the time Hayner came to his apart-
ment in the middle of the night to
nurse him when he he was sick with
a 104-degree fever.
"He was there to take my
temperature every half hour, to cool
me down with water, to get a hold of
my doctor because I was having hal-
lucinations at the time. He really got
me through. I really feel like I owe
him something now."
Before Hayner was diagnosed with
AIDS, he had planned to return to
school to get certified as a Registered
All of Hayner's energy is now di-
rected towards raising money for
"People aren't real generous when
it comes to helping people with
AIDS," he sighs.
In fact, many people in the com-
munity are intolerant of people with
Hayner has had his life threatened
and has received anonymous phone
calls telling him to leave town.
But it is the more subtle reactions
- like people moving away from
him in restaurants or avoiding him
on the streets - that makes him feel
the most isolated and alone.
At times Hayner even feels like a
pariah when he goes to gay bars.
"I was a very popular person, but
I'm not popular amongst those folks
anymore. And that hurts because
those are my own kind, those are my
own," he says.
The alarm on his watch beeps -
it is time for him to take AZT. the
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Official lobbies court for
railroad worker drug tests
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, confronting drug
testing in the American work place for the first time, was urged by
Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and his top courtroom lawyer
yesterday to uphold mandatory tests for many railroad and Customs
The importance attached to this pair of cases by the administration was
underscored by Thornburgh's participation, marking the first time that an
attorney general appeared before the high court since President Reagan
Thornburgh said the case was about railway safety and the hazards
created by use of drugs and alcohol by those in charge of trains.
The eventual rulings by the court, expected sometime in 1989, will
not deal with drug tests for private employees. But the decisions could
have an important psychological impact on whether businesses will
demand that their private workers undergo such tests.
Polish shipyard workers rally
POLAND - Yesterday Lech Walesa told a rally of almost 10,000
workers at the Lenin shipyard that Solidarity and a government-backed
union will cooperate for the first time to try to keep the shipyard open.
The rally took place on the first workday since the government re-
vealed its plans to close the yard on Dec. 1, citing economic reasons. The
move was denounced by activists as a deliberate blow by new Prime
Minister Mieczyslaw Rakowski aimed at his longtime nemesis
Solidarity. Rakowski has denied this charge.
"We are united by this single goal - saving the shipyard," said
Walesa said he believed Rakowski's decision to close the shipyard has
ended hopes that the round-table between authorities and the opposition
on Poland's future could begin soon. However, he said that at least for the
moment, he is ruling out the possibility of a strike.
Bush, Dukakis trade barbs
George Bush said yesterday that voters should pick a president who
reflects their hopes and dreams for America and proudly proclaimed, "I ain
At a rally in Minneapolis, Michael Dukakis urged supporters to "keep
pouring it on and pouring it on" in a drive for an Election Day upset.
"There are millions and millions of voters out there who haven't made up
their mind" the governor said.
Vice President Bush was joined by Gerald Ford in Grand Rapids for a
rally. He criticized his opponent saying, "It seemed like he appeared on
every television show except 'Wheel of Fortune.' You see, he was afraid
Vanna might turn over the L-word." Bush said.
Meanwhile, a survey of Michigan voters-released yesterday showed:
48% support a proposal on the state ballot to end tax-funded abortions in
Michigan, while 41% opposed it and 11% were undecided.
Marcos released on bail
NEW YORK - Imelda Marcos' quest for a benefactor ended
yesterday when tobacco inheritor Doris Duke agreed to put up the $5
million needed by the former first lady of the Philippines to secure her:
bail on racketeering charges.
The Marcoses are charged with racketeering, accused of plundering.
$103 million from the Philippine treasury, funneling it to foreign bank
accounts and using it to buy prime New York City real estate and art.
Duke's lawyer, Donald Robinson, said the 95-year-old Duke is "happy
to help a friend. She believes she (Mrs.Marcos) is innocent because she
knows that Mrs. Marcos didn't commit any crime."
"This is a no-lose case." Mrs. Marcos told the New York Post. "But if
I do not win, I do not believe I will be sentenced to jail in America. I will
be sent home to be jailed in the hearts of the Philippine people."
ACLU defends right to
campaign for George Bush
WAYNE (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says it will
join a Wayne woman's battle for the right to display a George Bush
campaign sign on her front lawn, despite Bush's attacks labeling
Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis a "card-carrying member" of the
On Monday, Wayne officials ordered Rose Mary Miller to remove the
Bush-Quayle sign by 2 p.m. today because it violates a city ordinance
banning signs in residential areas.
But Miller, a preschool teacher who supports the Republican;
presidential nominee, called the ACLU for help..
"We've argued this before with the city and have gotten nowhere,"
Miller said. "I think it's time, when I'm paying for this property, that I
have the right to erect something that is not offensive in my yard."
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