Today is World AIDS Day. I worry that there are some out there who think HIV/AIDS is not still a big problem for our species or for the LGBT community, but it very much is.
Having my own scare once opened my eyes. I had had a low-risk sexual encounter with someone, and a few months later found out he had contracted HIV. Though he might not have even been positive at the time of our encounter and we did not exchange fluids, any doubt is enough. The worst was that I still had to wait a few more months myself before I could get tested. Though I didn’t have much reason to be worried, I still felt incredible dread that the course of my life had changed forever.
Thankfully, I had not contracted HIV. I did not become a statistic.
Nonetheless, I realized from that experience how easy it can still be to get it. I am not far removed—none of us are. And while HIV might be much more livable than it ever was, it is still a huge burden to the health and also financial well-being of the LGBT community and world at large.
Rather than prattle on here, I invite you to take a look at some of these other resources. Please explore them and let today be an important reminder that we have a long way to go in fighting back this virus.
» Positively Aware brings us A Day with HIV in America, a photo exhibit featuring different individuals living with HIV.
» Blogger Mark S. King shares his moving personal account of the AIDS epidemic:
» Bowing to pressure from the Catholic League and conservatives, the National Portrait Gallery has pathetically censored an exhibit by David Wojnarowicz, a gay artist who died from AIDS-related illness in 1992.
» Towleroad’s Kevin Sessums has a World AIDS Day interview with actress Judith Light.
» A number of celebrities are “digitally dying” until money is raised to Keep a Child Alive.
These are just but a few of the resources for today; EDGE has many more. Do not let today pass without remembering all those who have been lost to AIDS and those still afflicted by its wrath.