People DO know that we don’t have a cure yet, right?
The Whitman-Walker Clinic has revealed the number of its clients testing positive for HIV jumped from 80 in the first half of 2007 to 266 in the first half of 2008–an unprecedented increase of 232 percent.
At each of our testing sites, we are seeing an increasing number of young gay men, particularly African American men, coming to us newly infected. These are young men who don’t remember the first wave of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and came of age when effective treatments were available. As a result, they have never seen HIV as a major problem.
I am still having such a hard time wrapping my brain around why people are not more careful and don’t see this as a huge issue.