Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Comment seen on Fitlads in an AIDS related thread " they all be dead soon......................oh wait no they wont"

well yes they might be!........

The reason we don't see the relatively quick deaths on the scene is because we are a sophisticated bunch and lived through that era - know our status - get tested - join the drug trials - set up support networks - and most of all got educated.

If your HIV+ you can access highly toxic drugs that will stabilise the condition for many years and may prevent many of the opportunistic diseases developing. There is No cure.

If your test is clear you can relax safe in the knowledge that HIV is still very hard to get, and as long as your mindset treats EVERYONE as if they have HIV, its likely that safe sex will truly save you from a lifetime of vile drug therapy and illness.

If Gaydar and Fitlads were my first faltering steps to the "Gay Scene" I would be forgiven for thinking HIV/AIDS is yesterdays news - that bare backing is no more dangerous that riding a bike without stabilisers.

We run a risk of returning to a time when young men only start reporting symptoms to doctors in quite advance stages.
With new strains constantly emerging the and hopes of vaccines advancing ever into a distant future we need to think carefully about our modern view of the AIDS pandemic when responding on these sites.


Tribute to Sylvester - By the time Sylvester died on December 16, 1988 of AIDS-related complications, he had firmly cemented his reputation as one of the most original and talented musicians to come out of the disco arena. While Sylvester represented to mainstream America the Black and gay cultural origins of disco music, his body of work included not only crucial contributions to the disco songbook, but also ballads that proved he was a versatile stylist who brought a realness and depth to all his material.