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Thursday, 15 July 2010

HIV/AIDS: ¿THE ONLY KILLER OF GAY MEN?

Can you tell me how through the process of elimination folks gay AND straight alike (mostly gay) assume that when a gay man dies, he dies from HIV/AIDS? I ask this question because I was informing a friend of mine about the death of someone who had died and IMMEDIATELY she asked me if he was sick. I smiled because I expected that question, but I am still uncertain as to when did we become the HIV POSTER BOYS? As any HIV poster boy will tell you, there is a lot that comes with the territory. You often find yourself standing unpacking the psyche, slightly battered baggage of your HIV infection, sifting through your mind trying to find how you actually got there; and with self-preservation being the number one priority of our species, why do we continuously give HIV/AIDS a lifeline by putting it on GAY MEN?

We all know how such stigma HURTS the gay community and with the cost being SO high, is there any wonder that many gay men who are not infected shun those who are? The ostracizing AND judgment of such stigma gives this killer the power it had when HIV was called GRID (GAY RELATED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY). This eradicator has managed to stay linked to both being gay and contracting the illness. This disease penetrates me to my core because I know differently now and the turtle-like response we have to it shouldn’t be reflexive on gay men alone. When are we going to get to a place where we are mentally healthy AND embrace instead of condemn each other? When are we going to stop this injustice perpetrated against gay men?

HIV/AIDS has been RAVAGING the world for more than two decades, destroying lives AND crippling societies. Shouldn’t we as homosexual men AND women have a universal yearning to de-stigmatize ourselves from this disease? There are a great many ways in which human beings can die and for all our tenacity, we are VERY fragile creatures who have LONG been killed by HIV/AIDS! The ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL approach we have about gay men and HIV is VERY dangerous and it high time we hold ourselves accountable because I don’t know about you, but I am NOT happy about the FACT that our ENTIRE SEXUAL PERSONA has taken such an ugly turn and I am SURE that countless number of gay men who have passed from this disease or not, do NOT appreciate us stigmatizing each other.

6 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, old myths and stereotypes linger around long after most of us should know the facts. From the very beginning, AIDS was a "gay disease" and in the thirty years since, nothing has changed that perception even though worldwide, more heterosexuals have become infected than gay men. What is important is that it's not who we are, but what we do, that puts us at risk for HIV infection.

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  2. It is truly sad even after all the years of HIV/AIDS education people still tend to think that only gay men get the disease. Outreach and prevention specialist educate people about the risk and the stats, but people especially gay men still shun other gay men when they assume the man has HIV/AIDS.

    How very often have I heard someone say "Chile so and so is in the hospital; he probably got that shit."

    Twenty eight years into the disease and some people are none the wiser. Narrow minded folks.

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  3. CHET - IGNORANCE IS A SERIOUS THING!

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  4. The thing is, even other gay men are prone to that same assumption. Perhaps it's because for 20 years or so, AIDS WAS the number one killer of gay men.

    I'm reminded of a passage from my novel Manhood:

    Ty: "Oh God, no! I didn't even KNOW she was sick!"

    David: "She wasn't. Good queen. Horrrrible bad judge of traffic! Glitter all over the place"


    Ty. "Oh. But isn't it queer? I'd almost forgotten there were OTHER ways for us to die."


    One.

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  5. MOANERPLICITY - ALMOST FORGOT THAT THERE WERE OTHER WAYS FOR US TO DIE SUMS IT UP!

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