Originally Posted by Daniel
Truly- for someone of my age- who came out in the decade of AIDS (80's), this editorial is truly depressing.
My God My God- why has thou forsaken us?
I was about 15 or 16(still sleeping with a guy and having a crush on my boyfriends female friend) when I heard about the gay=aids. Remember GRIDS? I was just realizing that I was attracted and wanted to try sex with a woman when they started to say that only 'gay' people got it and you would die if you were gay, etc. Is it any wonder why I jumped back into the closet so darn fast?
In actuality, Regan decided to cover up that fact that in Africa, Aids was a straights only disease. For 20 years before it got to America, it was an epidemic in sex workers and other straights. That is why no one from Africa can give blood to this day.
It's really sad that people still think its from gay people only. I remember in the late 90's I waited on a gay man from Nevada, I knew his family well and waited on them for 5 years before I met him. He came in and others found out that her was Hiv+ and did not want to wait on him. I was mad because by then we knew that it was spread through body fluids, like blood. I was the only one who would wait on him and afterwards he was in tears and cried and said I was one of the nicest people he had ever met, and people were so scared to touch him or anything and thank you. I hugged him bye. He THANKED me for showing him humanity and hugging him! People would not even come by me for a long time, like a few weeks after that and they avoided me cause they thought, well who knows what they thought, but they were ignorant.
I found out he died shortly afterwards from AIDS. I felt sad that no one would treat him as a human. I still cry sometimes over it when I see how ignorant people are. I get so angry about the ignorance. There is no excuse for it.