AIDS seems to be a disease that has never succumbed to predictability. In fact, it’s a constant mutation, intent on surviving and conquering. Although AIDS has become more manageable that it used to be, it’s still a critically dangerous disease.
But even with the danger of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, there are strange dynamics playing out. For gay men, “Barebacking”, the practice of having unprotected sex for the thrill, is a well known term. Men on the “down low” endanger unknowing spouses by having secret and often unprotected sex with other men. AIDS, now more than 23 years in our lives, carries less weight than it used to, making younger generations fear it less and less. It’s a problem when a society becomes so accustomed to something that they forget, at times, it’s even there.
Has our apathy become the catalyst HIV needs?