Dec 03, 2010 11:03 PM GMT
Talking about AIDS – or not
In the last six months, three friends of mine tested positive for HIV. All of them are younger than me; I’m 22.
Some weeks ago, John Corvino posed the question in his column, “Why aren’t we talking more about HIV?” and went on to tell about his fortysomething friend who had several unprotected hookups with twentysomethings. With HIV infection rates on the rise, particularly among younger gay men, the question is an important one to ask: Why aren’t older gays who remember the horror of the AIDS epidemic talking with younger gays about safe sex?
But with this evolution, I’m concerned that many important things younger gays used to learn from older generations are no longer being communicated.
There is a dangerous absence of intergenerational dialogue about HIV in particular. Infection rates are rising among young gay men, but condoms remain too often unrequired.
Our community must find a way to restore this conversation, as we cannot expect the sex education offered in schools to be adequate. I recognize the difficulty in achieving this, and I’m not sure what the solution is—I encourage readers to share their thoughts.