I was right there marching with ACT UP and with Queer Nation, and I am extremely proud of having done so.
Neither do I believe that the conditions underlying bias against people living with HIV have changed on iota. The only difference is that the disease being manageable makes it less obvious, and those who would gladly kill, quarantine, mark, or otherwise neutralize US (we are all HIV positive - or so I believe) feel less of an urgency to do so.
G-d forbid that sero-conversion should really spike again in the U.S. and you would see the same kind of insanity that led us to march in the first place. The time lapse would be about one second.
Obviously, responsible people don't have unprotected sex. People who have lived on this planet for more than ten-seconds ought to know that men who want sex lie (or fail to disclose). Therefore, protection is a matter of self preservation.
That said, I would love to have unprotected sex (by the time I started having sex the revolution was over and raw sex just wasn't done anymore). Frankly, I am most angry that this disease put a rubber glove on something I would have liked to have experienced. BTW I know that HIV is not the only STD that a condom will protect me from, but face it, HIV is the one we are worried about when we roll that condom on.
If you get your time-machine wish then I hope that I am around, because I will go back and start marching all over again, and I won't stop marching until we are really-and-truly free (and that doesn't mean free to be responsible, free to behave, etc. - I mean free to be what we want to be naturally).
GNOME08 saidThis will be extremely non PC but here goes. Go back in Time and stop ACT UP from giving Civil Rights to the HIV Virus. Treat the people with the Virus as people but no rights of Privacy to the Virus.
All other STD's have to be reported to the Health Dept of the State you are living in, many of the bacterial ones are more a pain in the butt, but most are curable. If you got a case of the clap tomorrow they would ask for a list of all persons you had sexual contact with, so they could notify them and stop the spread. Not the case with HIV.
Before the room erupts I am not talking Tatoos, or scarlet letters from Hawthorne, or pretty colored Triangles, but some common curtsey and sense. Have the person tell anybody with honesty at the right time their Sero Status.
HIV/AIDS is not a killer anymore, but only the most warped person, who is POS would say "I LOVE HAVING IT." Some of the meds can reek havoc with you.
Short of that always practice safe sex