April 7, 2010
The recent South Florida AIDS Walk was the first I've attended in a while. In this episode of my video blog, I take you with me while I mull over some of my own outdated thinking about the "AIDS crisis." I also chat with Rep. Barney Frank (arguably the most powerful gay man in America) about gay men living in a post-crisis world.
White, gay men such as myself aren't living in a state of crisis anymore. We're healthy (those of us with health care most especially), we've dialed the AIDS drama way down, and we're more likely to support a gay marriage amendment than someone in the AIDS Walk. Yes, I'm generalizing, but if we don't accept this reality we can't effectively relate to a large portion of the HIV prevention audience.
This past year saw the announcement of a man cured of HIV and a promising new HIV vaccine. At an AIDS Walk in the 80's or 90's, crowds would have broken into tears and danced in the streets. Yet the news produced little more than a raised eyebrow and a shrug. How bored must we be...?
I'm thrilled that the world of HIV/AIDS looks different now than it did when I was infected 30 years ago. And I still respect this disease and know the misery it continues to inflict around the world. But on some level, this gay David has lost his Goliath.
The question is, how do I maintain my vigilance and my commitment when Goliath has left the building?
As always, thanks for watching and please be well.
p.s. You'll always see my video series here first at TheBody.com, but I'm excited to announce the launch of my live blog, www.MyFabulousDisease.com, with exclusive content and daily postings. I hope you'll come check it out!