guitarboi85 saidIncrease of new HIV infections in the last 6 years (NYS Dept of Health):
Gay men over 30: -21%
Gay men under 30: +33%
Gay males 13-19: +85%
just about every guy under the age of 22 has asked me to bareback them...i always say no way (I usually throw in a "whore" remark too ;-). goddamn bug-chasers
Thats some scary shit right there. I don't know how to put this in the right words but do some of you guys who are in your late 30's and older get angry over statistics like that?
Some of you had many friends die of this disease and many of those had no idea how they could contract this disease. Some of you saw how vile the gay community was treated initially when it came to HIV and AIDS.
I've often wondered if you guys find it hard to have sympathy for this generation and my generation knowing we have all the tools to prevent acquiring this horrific disease. It was your generation that pushed for funding, testing, and education.
2 years ago I spent new years eve in San Francisco. Met the coolest guy. His name was Grant. He was in his early 40's. Beautiful man. That smile and spark in his eyes could light up the room. As the night went on we just seemed to hit it off perfectly. By the end of the evening ( actually early morning ) it was just him and myself sitting in his living talking non stop drinking in each others pressence. He was completely opened and honest with me and shared he was HIV. Within that last year he had faced several health set backs. All I wanted to do was just hug the guy. Cuddle him the entire day. If I were granted one wish that day it would have been to rid him of that bastard disease. He was so gifted. Had so much to offer to society. Oddly enough he didn't bitch or moan about his health. His biggest complaint were those still willing to play a risky game. I know for a fact had Grant been offered all the education on acquiring HIV he would have made damn sure he protected himself.
Grant passed away 8 months after I met him. I feel like one of the luckiest people to have had the privilege of meeting him. When I think of Grant and I read statistics like this it does anger me. My very special friend who should still be walking this earth died in order that someone else could prevent this from happening in their life.