MGINSD saidWhat would be truly "exciting," and a real step forward to "maturity in our 'community'," would be closing the baths and erasing them and all the misery and death they caused from our institutional memory. You might prevent a virus from taking root, but wouldn't it be better to eliminate the suicidal and self-abusive behavior underlying it? Just a thought, another band in our rainbow, if you will.
I do not go to these but it is not just bathhouse that need hiv tests. You cannot get doctors in riverside and san Bernardino counties to order hiv tests, even in palm springs. The docs are so conservative and paranoid of the gay and hipster populations that they refuse to order most blood tests, especially hiv. This is a major health care crisis for these stubborn anti gay counties and their docs. Palm springs would love to see every single gay guy move to west Hollywood or hillcrest. They hate gays unless u are hiv neg in a committed relationship, and also paying property taxes.
Palm Springs is one of THE Gayest little towns anywhere. 43K people. I'd guess 25%. We just had Gay Pride. Today, the Festival was on Palm Canyon, in the heart of the city. The mayor spoke at the street party. A recent mayor was Gay.
My doctor from Kaiser has been great! I'm POZ/U, single but do pay property taxes.
Like San Diego, the outlying areas are very conservative.