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When did you first learn about "the gay disease"?

Do you remember where you were and how you first heard about GRID/ARC/AIDS/HIV?

I was a 14 year old gayling reading a magazine (Time or Newsweek) about the cluster of mysterious deaths among gay men in NYC and L.A. I was waiting for my mom who was getting her hair done before driving me back home, and just picked up the magazine randomly.

Knowing I was gay and only a few years away from sexual activity, I remember an overwhelming sense of dread.

by Anonymousreply 3206/10/2021

For fuck's sake, what's wrong with letting the 40th anniversary thread attract some commentary? Do you need the dopamine that badly, you troll?

by Anonymousreply 106/05/2021

[quote]When did you first learn about "the gay disease"?

You mean terminal bitchiness?

by Anonymousreply 206/05/2021

[quote] For fuck's sake, what's wrong with letting the 40th anniversary thread attract some commentary? Do you need the dopamine that badly, you troll?

Sorry. Let me rephrase this, R1. When did you realize you were a batshit crazy loser with no friends?

by Anonymousreply 306/05/2021

Forty Years ago this week.....AIDS was discovered (though it would not have a name until 1982....VIDEO...

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by Anonymousreply 406/06/2021

When I was in Kindergarten or first grade. I just remember those purple lesions and being very scared, but not understanding it other than it was a "gay disease" (people call it that in the mid 80's) and I knew I was gay.

by Anonymousreply 506/06/2021

Another Video---this one from The Today Show......Notice "gay icons" Pete and Chasten are NO WHERE around to talk about the yucky AIDS?....Where are they?....Sharon Stone gave a speech today. Pete and Chasten are part of the "before my time and not my problem" AIDS HATERS....Seeing Pete talk about AIDS is like seeing Pete talk about BLACK people = avoided at all costs...

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by Anonymousreply 606/06/2021

R5 is so desperate to be part of the AIDS discussion he came up with his first HIV "scare" in Kindergarten...pathetic...

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by Anonymousreply 706/06/2021

[quote] is so desperate to be part of the AIDS discussion he came up with his first HIV "scare" in Kindergarten...pathetic...

I do want to be part of the discussion and I answered the question. It was scary and it had an impact on my generation. I'm not claiming the same impact, but we were there watching it happen as well and HIV was still a major thing in the late 90's and really until Prep.

by Anonymousreply 806/06/2021

R8 = Were "we". there...?...."My Generation".....I will say you calling AIDS a "major thing" says more about YOU than it does about AIDS........sigh.....

by Anonymousreply 906/06/2021

I was a child in the 1980s. I learned what AIDS is before I figured out what homosexuality is.

by Anonymousreply 1006/06/2021

Ryan White. We were the same age, but he wasn't gay.

by Anonymousreply 1106/06/2021

Everywhere Judith Light goes, AIDS seems to follow.

by Anonymousreply 1206/06/2021

I read something about analingus. I knew or had been told all the surfer dudes were into that, so I thought they were all going to die.

by Anonymousreply 1306/06/2021

I remember Ryan White. He would have to put his hands in the oven to keep warm.

by Anonymousreply 1406/06/2021

I remember as a young Boston gayling pursuing an older guy that was a dead ringer for Don Johnson at the time.

He was a clerk in a video store off Newbury St. but I think he was well off and just had the job to meet guys. He kept telling me he had a huge dick and tried to put me off- because he instinctively knew I couldn’t take it and hated condoms.

Well, I got him to try while wearing one, but had to stop because it hurt too much (10” and thick), MARY! Boy was he ever angry. I was pretty adamant we weren’t ever going to have sex without a condom and this was when I realized that yeah, certain guys still did raw at the time and didn’t care.

We were at the Haymarket (anyone remember that sleazy place?) Tea dance and he abandoned me for an older much more whoreish guy, I swear, power bottoms can smell a big dick from across the room! I had tied my fanny pack to the bar and someone stole it.

About a week later someone mailed all my ID and wallet items back and a letter propositioning me for a date, LOL. Made me feel a bit better.

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by Anonymousreply 1506/07/2021

Summer 1977. Castro. Boys in the bars were talking about friends of friends having lingering coughs and "splotches" appearing on the backs. I heard it called Kaposi's sarcoma years before AIDS.

by Anonymousreply 1606/07/2021

I remember when Magic Johnson announced he was HIV positive. It was all the kids at school could talk about. Not one person said the word "gay."

by Anonymousreply 1706/07/2021

[quote] I remember when Magic Johnson announced he was HIV positive.

I was on the south island of NZ when this news broke. I didn't care, but when people learned I was a Yank, they'd apologize and offered their condolences, they really seemed crushed by it. This was well into the epidemic, I guess they thought it was a death sentence.

by Anonymousreply 1806/07/2021

When I was 7 or 8. There were articles in the local paper about this mysterious plague hitting the gays in NY and SF. There were even cases cropping up in Philly and could be hitting the gays on my little hometown soon enough.

Thank goodness I was a paranoid, religious child.

by Anonymousreply 1906/07/2021

I was a teenager and just coming out. There was so much confusion initially about how it was actually transmitted that having sex was both irresistible and a cause of terrible anxiety. Love and death seemed caught in a passionate embrace.

by Anonymousreply 2006/07/2021


Yes, it was certainly scary coming out in the mid/late 80s. I often thought to myself that had I been just 5 years older, I would likely be dead.

by Anonymousreply 2106/08/2021

I was 16 year old gayling reading the infamous issue of “Der Spiegel” on the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

by Anonymousreply 2206/08/2021

Grandmother was a fan of Rock Hudson.

by Anonymousreply 2306/08/2021

Story Today = "Covid-19 Pandemic has derailed fight against AIDS, UN says".......

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by Anonymousreply 2406/09/2021

August 1981. In the prime of my sexual activity!

by Anonymousreply 2506/09/2021

[quote] August 1981. In the prime of my sexual activity!

Congratulations, survivor!

by Anonymousreply 2606/09/2021

I'm sincerely sorry for all the gay men who had to go through it when it was announced, and for all of the extreme anxiety, trauma, homophobia, and hostility it caused living through that.

by Anonymousreply 2706/09/2021

August, 1981 I was starting my senior year in high school. Never heard anything about it until around 83/84, seemed ominous and scary and definitely contributed to my stifled sexuality thru my 20’s. It wasn’t until the early 90’s that I finally figured it all out and began chasing dick for the next 20 years.

by Anonymousreply 2806/09/2021

From the movie Jeffrey.

by Anonymousreply 2906/10/2021

What is this AIDS of which you speak?

by Anonymousreply 3006/10/2021

R26 But luckily I didn't live in the US so I had early warning. Spent the 80's it a near paranoid state but I prefer to remember the good moments of the 1980s.

by Anonymousreply 3106/10/2021

I learned about VICH/SPID from reading Pravda when I was one year old and it already had a name, BabushkaOP.

by Anonymousreply 3206/10/2021
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