We have tended to diminish the present state of the AIDS epidemic in America, where appearances are all. Similarly, protease inhibitors masked the symptoms of AIDS, giving the false impression that the virus was eradicated; the presence of AIDS in the society was treated the same way.
The landscape is completely unique in 3rd world nations. Unfortunately, in these nations, stigma against AIDS is so widespread that not only do individuals continue to get infected at alarming rates, but those infected are left to live a nightmare life.
I don’t normally think of South Africa as a 3rd world country, but I still can’t shake the picture of a lady who was killed because she was infected and became a vocal AIDS activist. She was killed because by revealing to the media that she had AIDS, she supposedly brought shame on her family.
As bad as AIDS is and has been in the United States, it’s almost unimaginable how the epidemic rages in other areas of the globe.
For the previous decade, I’ve been emitting AIDS Walk Long Island. It appears that gay and GLBT organizations ‘ involvement in this case has declined year-by-year. In other societies as well, I heard that tale echoing.
There’s no cure there. Young homosexual men’s infections are rising. To eliminate this horrific disease from the landscape, we still have to go so far. And what will happen if the drug cocktails suddenly don’t work anymore? That has already occurred for many.
In the GLBT community, there are many who have lost so many friends and loved ones over the years that they simply want to move on from dealing with AIDS. And that’s understandable, truthfully. But it would be unfortunate if we, as a society, stopped making the greatest effort to increase awareness of the public… And if we also let go of our attempts to raise cash to combat AIDS.
Until it’s over.
— Scott Miller
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