This is a most interesting discussion... For some reason I reminded of the rumours that circulated around the time Jim Henson passed away sayinng that the CTW was going to have the character of Ernie die to teach kids about death. If I recall correctly, and I don't know if this was an official statement or not, two things were said at the time: Death was an issue that was talked about when Mr. Hooper died and Muppets don't die because they're not human. They are foam and fleece and products of the imagination. With that in mind, I don't necessarily question the appropriateness of a character on the street that has HIV but I wonder if it should really be a Muppet that has the disease as opposed to a _real_ person if the previous statement is true. I am also reminded that this no longer JHC but the seperate entity of the Sesame Workshop. Regardless, I think the goals are admirable but I'm not so certain as to the means.