A picture of your personal Public Service Announcement (PSA)
ALL men NOT involved in a monogamous relationship should wear a condom EVERY time they have sex – period.
While I welcome each new day and the adventure it will bring, my college days at Kent State University will always shine as some of the brightest, yet of all the phases in my life so far, my college classmates make up the smallest section of my “friends” list, since more then two hand fulls are no longer afforded the blessing of waking up each morning.
When I moved in NYC in 1984, in Ohio we had just begun hearing the first major rumblings of “this new mysterious disease” but when I arrived in the Big Apple, it was a full scale epidemic with a name, HIV, and the ACT UP movement made sure anyone with functioning eyes or ears knew the only way to stop the transmission: the condom. Unfortunately for the folks back home, and those in most of the country, and currently the world, they did not get the message until it was too late.
HIV can be treated, but can not be cured. Last year, new HETEROSEXUAL transmissions of HIV virus were more than DOUBLE, for both men and women (but especially women) than those of IV DRUG USERS: d-o-u-b-l-e! Not to mention the almost 10,000 additional new transmissions where mothers passed it on to their newborns. A virus does care what your sexual orientation is.
GUYS: regardless of whatever birth control your partner may say they are using, if you are a big enough man to stick it in, you are old enough to have the responsibility to wrap it up first.
LADIES, if he does not have the maturity to protect even himself, much less YOU, then he is NOT worthy of being with you in the first place. GAY MEN – ditto.
I am not here to preach. I am not here to judge; but I am frightened by the total apathy for HIV awareness in the straight world and the escalating complacency that has muzzled once the once proactive gay community.
“It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.”
Silence = Death.
I am here, however, to remind you all of that.