Al Vernacchio will be honored at the 15th Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO this Saturday, April 5, 6:30 p.m., in the Crystal Tea Room, 100 E. Penn Square, where all funds raised will go to HIV/AIDS services in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Al Vernacchio will be honored at the 15th Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO this Saturday, April 5, 6:30 p.m., in the Crystal Tea Room, 100 E. Penn Square, where all funds raised will go to HIV/AIDS services in the Greater Philadelphia region.

by Mary Frances Cavallaro

Germantown’s own Al Vernacchio, 49, is an active and highly involved member in the community in teaching his students and audience about human sexuality. He teaches English and Human Sexuality at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood. He was featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine in an article titled “Teaching Good Sex” in November, 2011. The cover story discussed his Sexuality and Society class. Laurie Abraham, author of the article, interviewed Vernacchio and his students, beautifully captured how the class works and received an overwhelmingly positive response.

Vernacchio explains, “Sexuality and Society is a course for 12th graders. It meets every day for a full class block all year (so it is scheduled as a ‘regular’ course just like math, English, etc.). It is an elective class, so students are not required to take it. There is heavy competition to get into it, though, and it fills up within the few minutes of course registration each year.  Sexuality and Society starts with the premise that sexuality is a fundamental force for good in our lives. The course examines a wide array of topics in human sexuality from a variety of perspectives: biological, psychological, cultural, ethical and historical.”

The second course taught by Vernacchio is called Human Sexuality and is a required course for all ninth graders. It meets once a week for the entire school year and is focused on defining healthy sexuality throughout one’s lifespan and how to “make deliberate, informed decisions as a key to sexual health.”

It’s important to note that Vernacchio teaches human sexuality through the lens of social justice. He considers every aspect of human sexuality to be integrally tied to social justice. “Healthy sexuality makes the world a more equal, loving, open place,” he said. “It empowers individuals to be their authentic selves and to strive to create connections with others that are positive and sustaining.”

It’s comforting to know that students are eager to learn and understand human sexuality. They see that society is not sexually healthy and has a mix of obsessive attraction to and a deep revulsion of anything sexual. “We’re all supposed to be interested in sex all the time,” said Vernacchio, “but we’re not supposed to talk about it or feel good about it, and we fundamentally distrust and fear sexuality as a threatening force. The students need and want help in sorting all this out. They are so appreciative of a space where they can learn accurate information and talk honestly and openly about their feelings, their opinions and their values.”

He assures that he is not against abstinence and that he educates and helps students explore healthy options. “’Abstinence only’ education provides one model for healthy sexuality,” he said, “remaining sexually abstinent until marriage. Comprehensive sexuality education includes teaching that abstinence can be a healthy choice if that fits one’s value system, but that there are many choices that result in healthy sexuality, not just one…Comprehensive sexuality education is not an ‘anything goes’ model, as it is sometimes characterized by its opponents.”

When he is not intriguing young minds, Vernacchio volunteers at ActionAIDS, Philadelphia’s largest AIDS-service organization, for the past 15 years. He speaks about the medical/biological aspects of HIV/AIDS at the volunteer orientations. He worked there as the Coordinator of Training and Volunteers from 1994 to 1998. And if he is not volunteering, he is presenting TED talks. (TED is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading.”)

In March 2012, Vernacchio was invited to Long Beach, California, to speak at a TED conference. He was among educators, including Bill Nye the Science Guy! In his eight-minute presentation he commented that many Americans use baseball as a metaphor for sexual activity, which sets up unhealthy, competitive and goal-directed expectations about sex.

This Saturday, April 5, 6:30 p.m., in the Crystal Tea Room, 100 E. Penn Square, Vernacchio will be honored at the 15th Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO, where all funds raised go to HIV/AIDS services in the Greater Philadelphia region. There will be cocktails, a silent auction, six bingo games and entertainment from Bingo Verifying Divas, who dress in glamorous drag.

Additionally, be on the lookout for Vernacchio’s book, “For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values, and Health.” It is being published by HarperWave, a division of Harper-Collins, this coming fall.

For more information about the Gay Bingo event, contact 215-731-9255, or

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    Apostle Shada Mishe

    Sir / Madam,

    For the past 12 years I have been studying and researching Ambush, a Palm plant extract that is effective in curing HIV.

    Name of Plant; Palm

    Name of ingredient: Ambush

    Molecular weight 640 (similar to the sequisulfides)

    Where found: In and around the areas of South Florida where uranium waste was dumped in the 1920’s from the nuclear programme that has now leaked out into the water system. A specie of the PALM plant has picked up this waste to be the valuable AMBUSH.

    Chemical compd; Uranium isotope (cus.n) Grayish white soft metallic compound NOT found in chemistry books.

    Uses: Antiviral DRUG..Ambush

    Found to “KILL” the HIV virus when given in a dose of 60 ml three times daily for 21 days at a known concentration.

    Mode of action.. Ambush kills the HIV virus by causing the viral shell to rupture . In the lymph system Ambush produces “natural radioactivity” that “kills” the virus that ‘hides’ in the lymph system . This crosses the blood-brain barrier since the ‘patients’ claim that they are able to see,hear and think more clearly after taking Ambush.

    Viral Loads…This decreases from 100,000 to ‘undetectable’ in 21 days….. but I have had patients VL go to ‘undetectable ‘ in 5 days.

    1. After 5 to 7 days of treatment, patients MAY complain of HEADACHES.
    2. After 5 to 7 days male patients experience an increase in erection.
    3. Stool becomes soft and REGULAR
    4. Patients c/o being WARM in the trunk area mainly at night when lying down.

    Toxicology……Before administering to any person a complete toxicological analysis was done to include, arsenic, barbiturates and NO KNOWN poisons or harmful substances to mankind were found.


    Skin…becomes clean, smooth and free of eczema or other say they have small eczema patches in the first week that go away by the third week.

    Since this is a very LARGE molecule it is excreted relatively unchanged via urine and feces.

    After 149 days the patents revert to being HIV NEGATIVE after finishing a course in Ambush hence no one goes public to say they WERE HIV positive.

    Pharmacology of Ambush on the GUT of an end stage AIDS person.

    It is known that late stage AIDS patients posses a high level of the virus in the GUT which should include the entire GI tract from stomach to rectum. Here the virus is found in the lining and this is difficult for ARV’s because these are the areas needed by the ARV’s to enter the blood supply. There is not a high enough blood level returning back to the stomach lining hence the virus remains in high concentration.

    This causes the person’s appetite to decrease which causes a spiraling downhill of the body.

    When Ambush is taken in the liquid form, it is slightly basic and forms a stable compound in the acidic stomach.The Ambush compound is close to the stomach lining to exert the “natural radioactivity” effect which kills the virus in the stomach. Here the entire mid section feels very warm and sometimes feverish. The infected stomach lining with the dead areas is then passed out as a black slime in the stool. This usually happens about day 4 while on an Ambush regime of 60 ml three times daily for 21 days, wherein the person has a large bowel movement.

    After the bowel movement, the person becomes extremely hungry and eats TWO to THREE times a normal serving. Here I usually recommend cornmeal porridge with butter or cooking oil as a prevention against malnutrition and add a daily multivitamin. By day 10 the stomach has recovered and the person eats normally.

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    The challenge is to find a Virologist, or Biologist of HIV Researcher who is willing to put some Ambush in a Human culture medium infected with the HIV virus, incubate with proper controls and report their findings to the world.

    Thank you for your interest and we will be happy to send you samples and answer any and all questions.

    Apostle Shada Mishe
    Dallas Texas,
    1-972 294 5161