Sunday, October 01, 2006

common sense controversy

I was watching the morning news, where a supposed controversy going on in LA over the "Own it. End it." campaign.

The problem? This campaign stays that AIDS is a gay disease.

Guess what folks, AIDS is a gay disease. A gay male disease. Get over it, accept it and deal with it. Gay men have a substantial likelihood of having AIDS by the time they hit 40.

Does this say something about gay men? Does it mean people should treat them worse? Of course not. The problem is that there is a stigma attatched to pointing to problems in the gay community without being called a homophobe. So if you are straight, don't talk about AIDS, rampant speed problems, the dangers of other stds that are resurgent in the gay community.

Instead, we are treated to the ONE campaign, featuring dozens of celebrities who all insist we are at risk of getting AIDS. That campaign is so stupid it falls just short of parody. Perhaps they didn't want to pay royalties to Trey Parker for this little gem:

Everyone has AIDS!
Everyone has AIDS!

And so this is the end of our story
And everyone is dead from AIDS
It took from me my best friend
My only true pal
My only bright star (he died of AIDS)

Well I'm gonna march on Washington
Lead the fight and charge the brigades
There's a hero inside of all of us
I'll make them see everyone has AIDS

Congratulations to the Own It. End It. folks, they get it. Maybe a grown up approach to epidemiology will be more successful than the idiocy that has gone on in fighting AIDS in the US for the past 20+ years.


Blogger Caltechgirl said...

i hate to spoil your party, but the groups with the largest numbers of new cases in this country are heterosexual black and hispanic women....

AIDS is a gay issue only because the gay community has owned it. Like the black community with racism and the hispanic community with immigration.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Joli Rouge Esq. said...

Cal tech girl. I understand your point, but the idea that "largest number of new cases" doesn't even come near the number of present cases. Part of the problem of the gay community is that so many people have AIDS already, you can't get as many new cases, because there are so many existing cases. But if you look at the numbers incident rate in the community shows gay males still reign supreme.

If those numbers hold out, then we can talk.

Also, I'm not saying that anybody should take the idea of getting AIDS less seriously, but the gay community has been harmed in the past 10 years because it has been treated as an inevitable, managable disease.

But, the idea of me getting AIDS based on my lifestyle and practices? Practically impossible. Smart discussion on the issue adresses real risk groups, instead of saying that just about anybody could get AIDS.

This isn't a blame issue. It's an issue of smartening people. And to that extent, I think some communities do need help, but the gay community needs to drive down numbers more than any group. The black and hispanic community to have real issues to deal with. But then again, a load of affluent white celebrities probably aren't the solution.

10:31 PM  

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