When I came out way late in 1995 I would moan & whine about the gay years I had lost, through my own ignorance and lack of self-knowledge.
But guys who had lived through the plague would tell me I was actually very lucky, because it was my generation that had been savaged by AIDS. Had I been out earlier, when I should have been, I might be dead now they told me, or at least be HIV poz. Especially because at first no one understood the mechanism for HIV transmission, the concept of safe sex not yet developed, so that guys became infected without knowing what they were doing wrong.
And as the trailer here shows, US Republican administrations at the time refused to act, or proposed things like quarantine concentration camps (actually some still say that today). Even Saint Ronald finally admitted his response had been inadequate when he was President.
And so the plague grew, and many thousands died who might have been saved, due to bigoted right-wing homophobia. I think we should never forget who contributed to this plague politically. And who will be most likely to dedicate money & resources to finding a cure, and caring for HIV/AIDS victims until that cure is found.