Dallas County, here in Texas, USA, has the highest HIV rate in the State of Texas.
Increasingly, folks take the view HIV is "survivable" (ultimately, it is not), and that it's not longer contagious (it is), and that they won't be sick from it (they will).
Logan (flex89) and I, met with Dr. Steven Pounders, Director of The Dallas HIV Committee, and had this whole discussion a few weeks ago.
If you've ever visited men for men on dallas.craigslist.org, you've seen an appalling display of I,I,I,me,me,me attitudes about sex and barebacking. It goes beyond pathetic.
Other than tainted transfusions, or a condom failure, there is really no excuse for contracting HIV. With regard to other STDs you sure want to take time to check a person out first.
Unfortunately, many folks with HIV have almost become militant about some strange self-entitlement to endanger the public safety so that they don't feel "rejected." It's such an egregious display of wanton selfishness it makes me nauseous.
On a slightly related note, Parkland Hospital, here in Dallas, TX, has the highest illegal birth rate in the U.S. of 76%. That is 76% of all babies born at Parkland are born to illegal immigrants and the taxpayers foot the bill.
Compassion is one thing, but, folks need a sense of personal and social responsibility, too.
It's absolutely disgusting what goes on at the bath house, and at craigslist, with a cluster fuck of sex with total strangers. It's both self-indulgent, and irresponsible.