Dear Media (and anybody else who’s listening),
NOT ALL GAY MEN HAVE AIDS (or talk like women! or have sex with hundreds of men each day! or enjoy fashion and the color pink!)
NOT EVERYONE IN AFRICA HAS AIDS (or lives in a hut! or looks emaciated!)
this needs to be reblogged by everyone (or at least people living in reality).
The gay community is unfairly painted as more likely to contract AIDS, because of old and some not entirely true information about it first becoming prominent in the United States within the gay community. However, it’s worth noting that since it was initially perceived as a ‘gay’ disease, it was difficult to get early 80’s political leaders, like President Ronald Reagan, to discuss the matter. Since Reagan never publicly mentioned the AIDS epidemic once before May 1987 (even though he had been aware of the disease’s development since 1981) it was difficult to get any public funding.
What the gay community has done is actually quite amazing. They shouted so loudly that not only did AIDS research start getting the recognition and funding it deserved, but I think that campaign launched a lot of gay rights activists and raised awareness of homosexuals as people who deserve rights and respect. By putting themselves out there and bringing awareness to a public health concern that the president was ignoring, they also got their faces onto people’s TVs and suddenly, gay people had faces to every American. AIDS isn’t the only issue to bring homosexual issues to the forefront, but it was an early one.
Also, a whopping 88% of people suffering from HIV/AIDS live in Africa. Africa as a continent only holds less than 15% of the world’s population. To put that into perspective, America alone has about 10% of the world’s population. In many lower African nations AIDS rates for adults exceeds 15% of the entire country. Not to mention the percentage of Catholic converts has been steadily rising in Africa and the dope…er…the pope keeps telling them not to use condoms. Endless religious wars in parts of Africa, which for some reason involve ritual rape, certainly contribute to the AIDS rates as well.
I mean, I get the message, one shouldn’t associate homosexuals or Africa with AIDS, but the facts are AIDS awareness for Africa is extremely important, because the job’s not getting done. Sadly, that’s just as much reality.