Monday, August 14, 2006

Gay community tired of AIDS?

And so are we all. Sick of it. Bored with it. Depressed by it. Don't want to talk about it, think about it, see it.

And yet it doesn't seem to go away. Jose Antonio Vargas writes for the Washington Post about DC Young Gay Positives, a social and support organization for HIV-positive young gay men in Washington, DC. The story profiles Josh, a recently diagnosed young man who is having trouble adjusting to his HIV status, and Henderson, an older gay man, still comparatively recently diagnosed, who is active in the organization and trying to help others. While the thrust of the story is the apparent social divide between gay men who are positive and those who are not and the apparent AIDS fatigue that explains the divide, the description of the lives of these two men and the social context in which they live is enlightening.

While the focus of the story is on the DC gay community, it may as well be on US society at large: the denial of HIV as a health risk, the social divide between those who are positive and those who are not, the stigma at work and elsewhere, the increasing risk for young people while effective prevention messages are contradicted by media and social institutions.

1 comment:

richard kearns said...

carolyn--

spotted this article too. still want to post about it, but will clip and link to your site. interesting comment.

richard kearns
rk@aids-write.org
http://aids-write.org